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Brian Burns | Defensive End

Team: Florida State Seminoles
Age / DOB:  (20) / 4/23/1998
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 235

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Florida State junior DE Brian Burns announced his intent to enter the 2019 NFL Draft.
Burns is considered one of the best pass-rushers in this class, and finished the year with 10 sacks, three forced fumbles and 15.5 tackles for loss. The 6-foot-5, 235-pound defender is considered a bit of a volatile prospect, with some concerns about consistency with effort. Because of his length and quick first step, however, it wouldn't be a surprise if he's one of the first edge rushers to be drafted in 2019; very possibly in the first round. Dec 3 - 5:18 PM
Source: ESPN

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Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline lists Florida State DE Brian Burns as one of his risers after his performance against Wake Forest in Week 8.

Burns was dominant in the effort, picking up two sacks and two more pressures in the wins over Wake Forest. In seven games this season, he's picked up 11 tackles for loss and nine of those have been for sacks. "I graded him as a second round prospect in July," writes Pauline, "and would not be surprised if Burns slides into the first round." From what we've read, Pauline is not alone in that regard.
Oct 22 - 9:33 PM

Draft Analyst's Joe Marino believes "you can go ahead and crown" Florida State junior DE Brian Burns as ACC defensive player of the year.

Marino also mentioned some odd game splits for Burns. Against Power 5 competition, "he racked up 12.5 sacks with at least 1.5 sacks in every game. He only had a TOTAL of a .5 sack in his 5 games against Non-Power 5 competition which includes games facing Delaware State, Louisiana-Monroe, Southern Miss, Samford, and Northern Illinois." This is an odd split that could suggest smaller programs specifically gameplan to stop him, whereas bigger programs are more comfortable leaving him 1v1 with their guy. Burns has drawn first-round draft-hype and will likely be selected their if he can continue to dominate.
Oct 21 - 11:09 AM

ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. believes that Florida State junior DE Brian Burns is a potential first-round pick.

Florida State has not exactly been impressive in 2018 under first-year coach Willie Taggart, but there's NFL talent on the Seminoles, including Burns (6'5/231). "People need to watch them for Burns, who could be an elite NFL pass-rusher," Kiper writes. "He can bend the edge as well as any player in this class, and he already has seven sacks this season." As Kiper also notes, workouts will be very important for Burns because of his lack of ideal size, but if he tests well -- as expected -- he's got a chance of going early even in this loaded, loaded defensive class.
Source: ESPN
Oct 17 - 4:36 PM

Florida State defensive ends coach Mark Snyder said that the "get off" and "bend" of junior DE Brian Burns is similar to that of Cleveland Browns DE Myles Garrett.

Explained Snyder, "[Garrett's] the only guy I’ve been around that can do what Brian can do rushing the quarterback." When the 6-foot-5, 231-pound Burns heard the comparison, he was understandably humbled, saying, "Myles Garrett is a freak, so just being compared to him in general is amazing and a blessing." Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline views Burns as FSU's top draft-eligible prospect. A strong season upcoming could have him in line for a first-round selection next spring.
Aug 16 - 1:27 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline believes that Florida State junior DE Brian Burns is a better pro prospect than former Seminole Josh Sweat.

"Burns is more natural rushing the passer, slightly quicker as well as more explosive and more adept at making plays in any direction of the field," Pauline writes. "He’s also lighter than Sweat and was a liability defending the run last season." Pauline believes that Burns is the best pro prospect on the FSU roster, giving him a second-round grade coming into the year. He also notes that some in the scouting community believe that the 6-foot-5, 231-pound defender could be a first-round pick with a big year.
Jul 30 - 11:38 AM

Four-star DE Brian Burns signed with Florida State.

Burns opted for the Seminoles over Georgia and Florida. The Gators made a late run and clocked an official visit in late January, but alas for their cause, it was not to be. The 6-foot-5, 213-pound Burns is on the wiry side for a defensive end and will have to put on some weight if he doesn't want to be tossed around by the big boys in the ACC. Beyond that, though, he's quick and his pass rushing is good enough that he could see some early run with the Seminoles. ESPN 300 notes that Burns projects either as a defensive end or potentially an outside linebacker.
Wed, Feb 3, 2016 12:31:00 PM