New Tennessee Titans WR Treylon Burks: 6 things to know

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The Tennessee Titans added a new wide receiver on Thursday night in the first round of the 2022 NFL draft after selecting Arkansas wide receiver, Treylon Burks, at No. 18 overall.

Burks was a favorite among Titans fans going into the draft, although that was with the idea that he’d be paired with former Titans wide receiver, A.J. Brown, who ended up getting traded to the Philadelphia Eagles for two picks, one of which was used to select Burks.

As much as the Titans would like to ease Burks in, they won’t have much of a choice.

With Brown gone, the Titans need their rookie to emerge as at least a No. 2 receiver, and quite possibly a No. 1 depending on what happens with Robert Woods, who is coming off a torn ACL.

But there will be plenty of time to talk about that as the offseason progresses. For now, we’re taking a look at six things to know about the newest Tennessee Titans wide receiver.

Compared to A.J. Brown

Interestingly enough, the player Burks is replacing in Tennessee’s offense — Brown — is the NFL player Burks was often compared to in the pre-draft process.

From Touchdown Wire’s Doug Farrar and Mark Schofield:

Burks is a ball-winner on the outside with the confidence needed to play receiver at a high level, and with the football in his hands he can accelerate from SEC secondaries in a flash. Those skills translate well to the NFL. I’ve said before that Burks reminds me of A.J. Brown, and I’ll stick with that comparison.

With Brown gone, the Titans need Burks to step up into a significant role immediately, putting a ton of pressure on their new wide receiver.

Burks tested poorly at the combine

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Burks has actually displays great game speed on tape, but there were concerns about that and other things following what was a poor combine showing for the Arkansas wideout.

Via Oliver Hodgkinson of Pro Football Network:

Praised for his athleticism relative to his size, Burks preceded to struggle at the Combine, posting a 4.55-second 40-yard dash. Between the Combine and the Arkansas Pro Day, Burks compiled a Relative Athletic Score of just 5.83. Once considered by some as the top pass catcher in the class, Pauline reported that the Arkansas WR “might eventually fall out of the first round” during the March 29 episode of “Draft Insiders.”

All that didn’t seem to hurt Burks’ stock, though, as he went earlier than many projected he would go.

Burks started hunting wild boar at the age of nine

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Random fact of the day: Burks, who grew up in Arkansas, started hunting wild boar at the age of nine, using only a knife and his dogs.

“He hunts wild boar with his dogs and the whole nine yards,” Arkansas coach Sam Pittman said, via ESPN’s Alex Scarborough.

“We do not use guns,” Burks revealed. “Using a gun takes the fun out of it. Having a knife, it’s more of a thrill that you’re getting up on a wild boar that could kill you. Honestly it’s just a thrill being out there with your friends and family and having a good time.”

“Some people probably consider me crazy,” Burks added. “But that’s just how I am.”

Burks also hunts deer with a crossbow, and he loves to fish.

Multi-sport athlete

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Burks played three sports in high school, including football, basketball and baseball. According to ESPN’s Alex Scarborough, Burks once hit a ball so hard, he bent his metal bat, and he was capable of pitching and could throw “in the upper 80s.”

Baseball was his first love, starting at age 6, before he ever picked up a football or a basketball. He could fly around the basepaths and had a cannon for a right arm. By the time he got to Warren High, he could take the mound in a pinch and throw in the upper 80s. Once, he hit a foul ball so hard he bent his metal bat.

He had range as a center fielder, too, covering foul pole to foul pole. The problem? He had no sense of the warning track.

The Arkansas product was quite the basketball player as well.

Despite being slightly undersized at 6-foot-2, Burks was a stretch power forward who could shoot the 3 and handle the ball in transition. But he was most effective in the paint. It was normal to see him block a shot, run the court and dunk.

“If we shoot and make it, that was good,” Muldrew said. “But if we shoot and miss, there was a good chance Treylon would get the rebound and put it back in.

“I bet he averaged 15-16 rebounds a game. I mean, he was dominant.”

Versatility

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Burks was used in numerous ways in college. He was lined up on the outside, in the slot, and was used out of the backfield.

“Burks lines up as an X receiver, slot receiver, and in the backfield at times for the Arkansas offense. This allows for the coaching staff to find unique ways to get the ball into his hands,” The Draft Network wrote. “Burks is a big-bodied receiver that understands how to use his body in multiple different ways to be a versatile weapon for the Razorback offense.”

Torn ACL in high school

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Burks is the latest player the Titans have brought in who previously tore their ACL, which forced him to miss out on sports in his senior year of high school.

Two of the Titans’ last three first-round picks have suffered a torn ACL at some point. Jeffery Simmons tore his prior to the 2019 NFL draft, and Caleb Farley tore his both in college and in his rookie season in 2022.

The Titans also recently added wide receiver Robert Woods, who is coming off a torn ACL last season.

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