3. Brian Burns, Florida State
6-5, 249: Florida State might have had a few issues over the last few seasons, but Burns was able to stand out from the pack and do his part for the defensive front.
In his three years he was one of the nation’s top pass rushers from Day One, generating 8.5 sacks as a freshman and finishing his three-year career with 23 sacks, 38.5 tackles for loss, and doing his part against the run with 123 stops.
He’s missing the raw bulk on his frame, is a true tweener, and power is a big problem at the next level, but he’s way too promising and way too good to not find a starting spot on someone’s defensive front seven.
He’s an elite pass rushing specialist who’ll have one trick, but it’ll be a great one.
With his explosion, speed, and all-around athleticism, he’s got the raw tools, and that’s all combined with the creativity to give NFL offensive tackles fits for the next several years.
Projected Round: First
Real Value: First