NFL Draft Profile: Arkansas WR Treylon Burks

by Pat Pryor
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Treylon Burks improved in each of his three season at Arkansas, capping it off on the All-SEC first-team in 2021, after making the second-team in 2020. Now he enters the NFL draft as one of the top receiving options available and could go as high as the top 10. Here’s what one team will be getting when they call his name.

NFL Draft Measurables

Height 6’2″ Wingspan 79-1/8” Vertical 33″
Weight 225 40-time 4.55 Bench 12
Hand 9-7/8″ Shuttle 4.4 3-Cone 7.28
Arm 33-4/8″‘ Broad Jump 10’02” RAS 5.78

How We Grade Players for the NFL Draft

Grade Player Meaning Grade Player Meaning
9.5-10 Generational Player 6.25-6.75 Average Starter
9-9.49 Top of Position 5.5-6.25 Below-Average Starter/Backup
8.5-8.99 All-Pro Caliber 5-5.4 Developmental Player
8-8.49 High End Starter 4.5-4.9 Special Teams Player
7.5-7.99 Pro-Bowl Caliber Player 4-4.4 Practice Squad
7-7.49 Above Average Starter 3-4 Journeyman PS
6.75-6.99 Slightly Above-Average 0-2.9 Free Agent

How We Grade Traits

Grade Trait Meaning Grade Trait Meaning
9.5-10 Nearly Perfect 6-6.4 Average
9-9.4 Top of Position 5.5-5.9 Below-Average
8.5-9 Great 5-5.4 Below-Average
8-8.4 Very Good 4.5-4.9 Poor
7.5-7.9 Good 4-4.4 Bad
7-7.4 Above Average 3-4 Very Bad
6.5-6.9 Slightly Above Average 0-2.9 Non-Existent

NFL Draft Evaluation

Trait Grade Trait Grade Trait Grade
Speed 7.25 Burst 6 Frame 8.75
Hands 8.75 Hand Fighting 5 Strength 8.5
Route-Running 6 Separation 6.25
Route-Tree 5.5 Catch Radius 8.5
Body Control 7 Contested Catch 8.5
Agility 7 RAC 7.5
Change of Direction 7 Blocking 7.25
Release 6.75 Footwork 6.25 Overall 7.03

Strengths

Elite combination of size, strength and speed. Always able to come back to the ball when needed. Has a great catch radius and uses strength to haul in contested catch balls. Very reliable hands, only 3 drops in 2021, 12 over his career, best in NFL draft. Lined up outside and in the slot. Cannot be arm tackled, will very often gain several yards after contact. Has good COD for a player his size. Expert in using leverage to his advantage to gain separation when in space. Accelerates very quickly off LOS. Very good blocker.

Weaknesses

Doesn’t have an expansive route tree, average route runner. Could use more outside experience. Doesn’t always give great effort in blocking. Has one speed. Average separator against off man, below against press. Doesn’t have great hand fighting, more just initiates contact.

Summary

Treylon Burks is a wide receiver who wins using his physicality and size. That’s not to say he’s raw, he is far from it. He is agile for his frame, and has great hands. However, he is an average route runner, and is unable to hold up as an outside receiver often facing man coverage. He still is a great slot receiver, exposing holes when given space. The Razorback junior brings a good floor due to his athletic abilities, but recent trends of contested catch receivers failing may bring worry. He brings a lot more than that, though, so teams should still be willing to bet on his great ceiling. He has rare size, and can produce as a top receiver, making him bound to be a hot commodity in the NFL Draft.

Round Grade: 1st
Round Projection: 1st
Team Fits: IND, ATL, PHI
Floor: Good WR2
Ceiling: Pro Bowl WR1

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