Midway through the 2018 NCAA season, Florida State EDGE Brian Burns might have been a player to watch as a possible Round 2 selection, possibly someone the 49ers may target at No. 36 overall.
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But Burns’ stock level seems to have risen the past few weeks, now flirting with a selection taking place somewhere in the teens on day one of the draft.
It’s not hard to understand why. The 6-foot-5 and 235-pound edge rusher might appear a little lean on the surface, which is why some scouts may be turned off by a possible first-round selection. That said, Burns’ speed — arguably more important in today’s pass-happy league — is exceptional.
And one of the things that stand out about his tape is the observance his relative lack of bulk doesn’t show up on game day. He certainly appears to play more powerful than his size would suggest. Burns also has a pro-level array of pass-rushing moves, too.
Granted, Burns might be a bit of a reach for the Niners at No. 2 overall. Yet if Burns aces his NFL Scouting Combine performance, San Francisco might feel perfectly comfortable targeting him after a would-be Round 1 trade down.