NFL Draft news: Brian Burns picked No. 16 overall by the Panthers
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Brian Burns picked No. 16 overall by the Panthers

Brian Burns, NFL Draft

Florida State EDGE Brian Burns has heard his name called and he now knows he is going to the Carolina Panthers who selected him with the No. 16 pick. Burns is a guy who didn’t really get a lot of attention until the last few months where he has started to climb up draft boards.

Burns was a five-star recruit coming out of high school and earned Freshman All American honors during his first year with the Seminoles. This last season as a junior, he was one of the bright spots for the Seminoles, racking up 15.5 tackles for loss and 10 sacks.

NFL draft analyst Lance Zierlein compares Burns to Leonard Floyd and points out that he is a guy who has elite speed getting off the line.

Long, thin pass-rush specialist who possesses elite get-off and stride length to simply outrun overmatched tackles around the rush arc and into the backfield. Burns’ edge speed and varied rush approach should translate to the league, but his skinny frame and lack of play strength are absolutely concerns moving forward. While some view him as a pass rusher only, it might be a waste not to utilize his blue-chip athletic ability in space as a hybrid linebacker.

The biggest concern for Burns is just how his body will react as he puts more muscle on. Will he be able to handle it, or will his body start to shut down because of the extra weight.

If Burns can stay healthy, it looks like the Panthers are going to be very happy with their selection.