|Brandon Burton CB Utah|
|Physical corner with good size. Excels in press coverage. Very good at quickly recognizing the run and stepping up in support. Does a nice job turning and reacting to the ball in the air. Decent ball skills. A team leader on the field. Has the size and willingness to play the run which could lead to a switch to safety.|
|Better at reacting than reading the quarterback and anticipating. He’ll bite on fakes and get caught out of position. Needs better all-around discipline. Lacks elite speed; may struggle with smaller, quicker receiver at the next level if he can’t jam them effectively at the line of scrimmage.|
|Burton has the size to be an effective cover corner, especially against bigger receivers who he can match up with physically. He has the physical tools necessary to be a starter at the next level, but he lacks the discipline to make an immediate impact. He’s a good athlete who is capable of reacting to what he sees, but in the NFL you need to be to anticipate and put yourself into position in order to be successful.|
This is a disappointing matchup in so many ways. Obviously everyone is expecting a Boise State blowout, but it also hurts in our ability to evaluate the Broncos’ top draft prospects.
* Kellen Moore may be the most well-known name on the field, but the player who will make the biggest name for himself in the NFL is Broncos receiver Titus Young. He’s undersized and probably will never be a true No. 1 receiver at the next level, but he has the athleticism to be an electric slot receiver. We’ve seen a rise in small receivers filling a specialized role in recent years (Wes Welker, Mike Wallace, Percy Harvin, etc) and Young has a chance to join that group.
* Lining up opposite Young will be Austin Pettis. He is built more in the mold of a true No. 1 NFL receiver. However, he lacks the athleticism and speed to be a significant player at the next level. He should be a mid-round pick, but probably isn’t more than a third or fourth option at receiver in the NFL.
* Utah has a pair of top NFL prospects as well. Cornerback Brandon Burton is a fringe 1st-round prospect. He has the size and straight-line speed that will immediately catch the attention of those watching at the combine. It will be interesting to see how he matches up against Boise State’s receivers. He should be able to handle Pettis without any issues. However, he may not have the athleticism and quickness to stick with Young.
* One of the more underrated prospects in this game is Utah center Zane Taylor. He doesn’t have the measurables to be a high pick, but he has a chance to sneak into the late rounds. Given time to develop, he could be a starter down the road.