The Vikings added another defensive player to this year’s draft class by selecting CB Brandon Burton with a 5th-round pick (#139 overall). It’s the 3rd year in a row they’ve added a CB in the draft and Burton will be a guy who steps in and immediately competes for playing time.
Burton played college football at the University of Utah and he’s exactly what head coach Leslie Frazier likes in a CB – big and physical. Burton is 6-0 and 190 pounds and ran a 4.53 time in the 40-yard dash. The Vikings often require their CBs to re-route WRs off the line of scrimmage, and that’s something Burton excels at, according to his scouting report on NFL.com. Also, NFL Network’s Mike Mayock said he had a 3rd-round grade on Burton.
Mayock also cited 3 separate times when Burton won a “jump ball” contest with 1st-round WR Jonathan Baldwin in a game last season.
Here is a paragraph from Burton’s scouting report on NFL.com: “Burton has a nice combination of height and speed. Uses his length to jam and re-route receivers at the line and shows the ability to recover. Does a nice job in off-man reacting to the football in front of him. Can rack up the PBUs and break up the jump ball.”
Tags: 2011 NFL Draft, Brandon Burton
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