Atlanta Falcons Potential First Round Pick: Brian Burns

Atlanta Falcons, Brian Burns (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
Atlanta Falcons, Brian Burns (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) /
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Atlanta Falcons, Brian Burns (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) /

NFL Combine Performance

Brian Burns used the 2019 NFL Combine to show off his impressive athletic ability. He showed good explosiveness in the jumping drills. He finished sixth among edge rushers, displaying a 36 inch vertical leap. This was tops among pass rushers with first round a projection. Burns was even better in the broad jump, finishing second with a jump of 129 inches.

Brian Burns displayed more than adequate agility, placing sixth in the three cone drill, with a time of 7.01 seconds. This was just one one-hundredth of a second behind Montez Sweat who is also expected to go high in the 2019 NFL draft. Check out the Atl All Day breakdown of Sweat here. Burns did not run the 20 yard shuttle, nor did he participate in the bench press portion of the combine.

In the 40 yard dash, the Combine’s marquee event, Brian Burns was outstanding. He ran a very fast 4.53 time in the drill. This ranked Burns third among all edge rushers. Among top edge rushing prospects he was second, bested only by the record-setting 4.41 time posted by Montez Sweat. To see the full combine results on, click here.

From a physical standpoint, Burns posses great length with his arms measuring nearly 34 inches. His hands also measured 10 inches. Even though he is undersized weighing just 249 pounds, he has put on 21 pounds of muscle. Brian played last season at a weight of 228 pounds. The encouraging thing, is his weight gain did not hinder his speed, agility, or explosion at the Combine.