September 7, 2011
With Draft Breakdown writers living across the country, we’ve been able to cover several different slates of regional games. In our Risers/Sliders piece, our crew goes through the draft-eligible prospects who either impressed or disappointed them.
Vontaze Burfict LB Arizona State
Burfict got his season off on the right foot, albeit against an overmatched UC-Davis team, with three sacks that resulted in 20 yards lost for the Aggies. He showed every bit of aggressiveness and physical play that you would expect, but without the ridiculous penalties that sometimes follow. Burfict was explosive and smart with his timing, showed great speed for an inside backer, and punished the QB when he hit him. The biggest downfall here is that he managed only the three tackles, which will need to improve as the season progresses.