Scouting Report: Morgan Burnett

Written by Rob Engle on April 6, 2010



Morgan Burnett


Position: S School: Georgia Tech
Height: 6’1 3/8" Weight: 209 lbs
Class: Junior 40 time: 4.42

Overall Grade:

6.00

Draft Projection:

2nd / 3rd Round Fringe


Non-position specific categories


Category

Max. Value

Grade

Height/Weight 6 4.5
Speed 8 7
Quickness/Agility 10 8
Strength/Explosion 10 5.5
Athletic Ability 8 6
Durability 8 7.5
Character 6 5
Production/Experience 6 5
Toughness 8 5
Potential 10 6.5


Defensive Back Specific Categories


Category

Max. Value

Grade

Ball Skills 10 8
Man Coverage 10 7.5
Zone Coverage 10 8
Tackling 6 4.5
Run Stopping 6 3.5
Hips/Lateral Movement 8 6
Physicality 6 4.5



Explanation of Player Grading System


Strengths

Perfect size, speed combination. An extremely aggressive safety who makes big hits and big plays consistently. Has a lot of experience despite only being a Junior. Has great ball skills and made a lot of spectacular catches. Excels in coverage and doesn’t get beat deep often. Classic center fielder and he anticipates throws pretty well. Didn’t suffer any significant injuries in college. Can cover a lot of ground quickly.

Weaknesses

May be overaggressive at times and takes poor angles. A lot of his interceptions came from weaker competition or teams with bad QB play. and he always had a fantastic pass rush in front of him. May not have a lot to improve on and may have nearly reached his potential. Made some mental mistakes at key times in the game.

Analysis

Probably should have stayed in school another year because of the depth of this safety class, Burnett is a great talent and will probably make an impact early on. There’s not a lot that you can dislike the guy for because he’s very talented but just might need some more mental maturity before he’s ready to make a big impact. His size, speed, and production will get him drafted fairly early but don’t expect him to start from day 1. If he reaches his potential and really learns the game, could be a steal in the 2nd or 3rd round.

Experience

Burnett is a two year starter at Georgia Tech.

Awards and Honors

2009: n/a
2008: First Team Sophomore All-America (College Football News). First Team All-ACC (Rivals). Second Team All-America (Rivals).
2007: Honorable Mention Freshman All-America (Sporting News). ACC All-Freshman Team (Sporting News).

Academics

Unknown major at Georgia Tech.

Injuries

No history of injuries.


Career Stats
Year Tack Solo Asst Sack FF Int TD
2009 77 40 37 0 0 4 0
2008 93 62 31 0 1 7 1
2007 57 37 20 1 0 3 0






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Rob Engle

Rob Engle scouted privately starting in 2004. Rob participated in an internship with the Baltimore Ravens scouting department and is continuing his professional career by attending Miami University (Ohio) to obtain a degree in Strategic Communication. Rob is also a member of the Football Writers Association of America. See all posts by Rob Engle.