The truth about the new Titans WR Treylon Burks

the Tennessee Titans selected former Arkansas wide receiver Treylon Burks with the 19th overall selection in the 2022 NFL Draft. The pick was made after Tennessee’s stunning decision to trade a disgruntled superstar receiver A.J. Brown to Philadelphia Eagles. Brown quickly signed a four-year contract with the Eagles worth a staggering $100 million. Burks essentially replaces Brown in Tennessee’s starting lineup. It’s an extremely risky move by general manager Jon Robinson. For the purposes of this article, we’ll focus on what Burks brings to the table.

Burks recorded 66 receptions for 1,104 yards and 11 touchdowns last season for the Razorbacks. It was an exciting step forward after an 820-yard season in 2020. The 6-foot-2, 225-pound Burks is an extremely physically imposing receiver who will replicate some of the things Brown did in Tennessee’s passing offense. The most physical road runner in the 2022 NFL Draft, Burks is tough to take on in the open. He totaled more explosive passing plays (over 20 yards) than any other receiver in the SEC’s ultra-competitive conference last season, thanks in part to his ability to create after the catch. An extremely versatile weapon, Arkansas has used Burks in a variety of ways. Burks lined up at the “X” position, in the slot and even in the backfield. Offensive coordinator Todd Downing will appreciate getting creative with Burks’ use.

Burks a bit disappointed with the NFL Scouting Combine. The Warren, Arkansas native ran a less than desirable 4.55 in the 40-yard dash. A vertical jump of 33 inches and a wide jump of 122 inches were also considered disappointing results. It should be noted that Burks’ result in the 40-yard dash becomes easier to swallow when factoring in size. The similarly sized Tee Higgins scored a similar result (4.54) and became a top receiver.

In a conversation I enjoyed with a professional scout several weeks ago, we both agreed that Burks’ overall profile has several similarities to Brown’s. It certainly qualifies as rather ironic that Burks is now tasked with eventually replacing Brown in the Tennessee offense. Losing Brown is extremely difficult to accept, but it is unfair to judge Burks based on circumstances completely beyond his control.

Stay tuned to MCM for more in-depth draft coverage throughout the weekend.

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