OLB Brian Burns - Carolina Panthers

6-4, 249Born: 4-23-1998College: Florida StateDrafted: Round 1, pick 16

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The Panthers took the lanky, athletic freak of a pass rusher Brian Burns with the 16th pick in the NFL Draft, betting on his upside and potential after a stellar career at Florida State. Still just 21 years of age, Burns is a physical phenom with a variety of pass rushing moves, including a wicked inside spin that has left many an offensive tackle grabbing at air. But that was in college; in the pros, Burns faces questions over run defense, something he has vowed to work hard on. With Carolina's move to a 3-4 base, Burns will be able to use his bend and speed around the corner, kicking down into a designated pass rusher in obvious passing situations. The Panthers often rotate their pass rushers, limiting Burns' upside, but he could be a solid DL3 once he gets his feet under him. (June 1)

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