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Player Profile: Treylon Burks

Height: 6’3”

Weight: 225 lbs

School: Arkansas

NFL Comparison: Chase Claypool

Why you’re drafting him…

Burks has a ton of potential to be “the next big thing” at the wide receiver position. He’s a big-bodied receiver that uses his size and strength to bully opposing secondaries and win those 50/50 battles fairly consistently. He’s built like the prototypical “alpha” receiver and has some of the best hands in the class to boot. Burks mainly lined up in the slot for Arkansas but he has shown that can easily be used on the outside of the field or even out of the backfield. He didn’t do a whole lot as a freshman, but his last two years have been great. His sophomore season he posted a respectable 51-820-7 stat line over 9 games and then really ramped up his stats during his junior year with 1,104 yards and 11 touchdowns over 12 games. Burks did only average 5.5 receptions per game but he has shown the capabilities of someone that could take on the responsibility of being a team’s WR1 in the NFL. 

Needs to improve…

Burks is not a polished route-runner and there are some separation concerns. Bigger receivers do get open in different ways and definitely have an advantage on the contested catch, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t concerned. Cornerbacks in the NFL are significantly better than college players and I worry that Burks will rely more on brute force than finesse (which is a very hard thing to do in the pros). Everything else about Burks’ game is about as great as you could want it to be, but I would really like to see quicker cuts on those routes and more space produced around him when he catches a football.

Prediction for 2022 NFL Draft…

Burks will be a 1st round pick and may even be the first receiver selected. I’ve seen mock drafts where he was drafted in the top-15 and I’ve seen mock-drafts where he falls a bit, but he’s consistently predicted to go in the first round. My top prediction would be landing with Philly in the middle of the first round. If he slips past them, I’d guess he gets drafted to New England or Las Vegas.

Dynasty fantasy football spin…

Burks’ landing spot shouldn’t matter too much. I’d be lying if I said I wanted him to land with the Eagles (they’re historically bad with producing multiple fantasy-relevant WRs) but I also don’t think it’s a death sentence. Prior to knowing the landing spot, Burks is my #1 ranked wide receiver (he goes back and forth with Garrett Wilson for me) and my #3 overall player that I’ll be targeting in my rookie draft. No matter where he lands, you WILL need a top-4 pick to land him on draft day.

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