75. Utah S-CB Terrell Burgess
5-foot-11, 202 pounds
Yahoo Sports draft grade: 5.80 — starter potential
The lowdown: There might be a question of why Burgess didn’t play more prior to last season, but his 2019 performance had scouts flocking to Salt Lake City last season to see what all the fuss was about. After playing mostly as a defensive reserve his first three seasons with the Utes (three starts), Burgess earned a role as the team’s safety and nickel back last season.
There has been top-100 buzz for Burgess after he turned in a pair of impressive performances in back-to-back games against USC (one of the few Utes on defense to play well that night) and Washington State.
Utah Terrell Burgess is not a pounder at SS, but rather a nice slot cover man with closing speed and tackling skills. He started just 3 games in 3 years before 2019, but is making the most of his opportunity as a senior. #SnapScout pic.twitter.com/fvBd5jHQ8g
— Chad Reuter (@chad_reuter) November 7, 2019
Size is not Burgess’ strong suit, and he had some of the shortest arms of any DB at the 2020 scouting combine. He also has below-average physicality in his play, which should limit his impact up in the box. Burgess also had only limited ball production — one interception and five passes broken up — in 2019.
That said, Burgess is an excellent tackler in space, can handle multiple roles for a defense (deep-halves safety, nickel corner, occasional blitzer) and has a surprisingly good feel for the game for a player who rode the pine so long. His man-coverage ability should guarantee a role as a rookie.
Burgess reminds us a bit of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Mike Edwards, a 2019 third-round pick.
Burgess’ maturity and smarts likely will serve him well in the NFL.
By the numbers: Burgess lined up all over the place in 2019. According to PFF, he logged time at box safety (285 snaps ), slot corner (272), free safety (133), on the line of scrimmage (67) and as a wide corner (26), as well as on all four special-teams units.
Interesting fact: Burgess’ grandfather is blind, and his sister prompted him to get a Braille tattoo in his honor.
Draft range: Top-75 pick.