Bend is important for outside pass-rushers, of course, and few are as good at this as Florida State’s Brian Burns.
Burns, 6-foot-5 and 235 pounds, relies far more on his bend and pursuit skills rather than his sheer size. More on size in a moment, but there’s always the argument that speed is more important for today’s edge rushers than sheer strength.
Especially considering offenses rely more on three- and four-wide sets with fewer blockers up front.
Burns burst onto the scene last year with 10 sacks, yet he’s been a regular force in opponents’ backfields the last two years. 2018 marked the first time over his three-year collegiate career he was able to get to quarterbacks with any sort of regularity. That’s important, as finishing plays is awfully vital.
The one thing Burns will have to work on, though, is his play strength and aggression. Finesse pass-rushers have their place in today’s NFL, yet Burns will need to prove he has the strength and aggression to adequately handle even average offensive tackles at the pro level.