Scouting Report: Brian Burns, DE, Florida State

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. | 6044 | 218 | 4.64E | 2020

A limber, lean, agile lineman who is wound up like a lawnmower, constantly coming at you high speed in your face all the time. His lightning quick burst off the edge is in a league of its own and just too fast for many opposing tackles to keep up with. Possesses high football IQ and has drawn praise for his ability to diagnose plays before the ball snap. His tackling needs work. He lounges, he leans, he’ll hold on and weigh ball carriers down to the ground but it all works. He’ll initially miss the sack but get it on the second attempt because he is so fast to recover and gain ground. He has self admittedly been working on continuing to improve against the run. He lacks strength but certainly compensates with his quickness. Possesses Dion Jordan type frame, with the room to grow into Jevon Kearse type bulk and has been compared by coaches to John Abraham. Entered Tallahassee weighing 200 pounds and set the Seminoles record for most sacks (9½) as a freshman, previously held by Ron Simmons. He also had a blocked punt, which could be a specialty role he thrives in.


2016: Led all freshmen nationally with 9.5 sacks…his sack mark ranked No. 25 overall in the country and seventh in the ACC…one of the nation’s top first-year players, captured freshman All-America honors from FWAA, ESPN and USA Today…played in all 13 games at defensive end and as a rush linebacker…finished with nearly half of his tackles (10.5 of 24) coming behind the line of scrimmage…his 9.5 sacks were the most by an FSU freshman since 1977…tallied more than one sack four times – no FSU freshman had accomplished that feat in a single game since 2006…collected ACC Rookie of the Week honors following a dominant performance at Syracuse…tormented the Orange to the tune of five tackles, 2.5 sacks and a blocked punt…totaled five tackles, including three TFLs, two sacks and a forced fumble in his first extensive action of the season against Charleston Southern…made two sacks and had three total stops at USF…had a sack on Deshaun Watson versus No. 3 Clemson…made three tackles at NC State…tallied two tackles, including a half-sack, versus Boston College…had 1.5 sacks and four total tackles against No. 13 Florida… helped the Seminoles finish No. 1 in the nation in sacks per game (3.92) and No. 2 in overall sacks (51.0).

Personal: Five-star recruit from 247Sports and Scout who has the length and athleticism to become a disruptive pass rusher at the collegiate level…played in the 2016 U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio in January, tallying a pair of tackles and a pass breakup…named the Sun-Sentinel Defensive Player of the Year and grabbed Class 5A All-State First Team honors in 2015…four-star recruit by ESPN and Rivals…ranked the 22nd-best player in the nation, second-best defensive end and fifth-best player in the state of Florida by 247Sports…rated No. 22 overall and fifth-ranked defensive end by Scout…ranked No. 65 nationally, No. 4 defensive end and No. 11 in Florida by Rivals… according to Scout, can play either standing up or with his hand down, has a good first step and is very quick off the ball…at American Heritage, recorded 135 tackles and 28 sacks over his junior and senior seasons…helped American Heritage win state titles in 2013 and 2014…chose Florida State over Florida and Georgia, among others…born on April 23, 1998…exploratory major.