Player Profile #67 – CB Brandon Burton

Fans of the University of Utah Utes will remember CB Brandon Burton for a long time, just as fans of their biggest rival; Brigham Young won’t soon forget him.

Burton wrote his name in the Utah-BYU rivalry history last fall when his block of a field goal on the last play of the game gave the Utes a 17-16 victory. Whenever Burton is out and about in public, fans want to shake his hand, to touch the hand that beat the Cougars. “It’s been crazy and you get mauled everywhere you go,” Burton said.

Right now, Burton is headed to the NFL, giving up his final year of eligibility at Utah.

Here’s his story.

FAMILY AFFAIRS

Brandon Burton

Born – July 31, 1989.

Family – Parents are Mark and Shawn Burton. Dad is a chemical engineer and Mom is Dr. Shawn Burton, a graduate of the Texas A&M Med School and a family practice doctor in suburban Houston. He has a younger sister Ashley.

BODY OF WORK

  • Height – 5-feet, 11½ inches.
  • Weight – 190 pounds.
  • Arm – 31½ inches.
  • Hand – 8½ inches.
  • 40-yard dash – 4.53 seconds (Pro Day – 4.48 seconds.)
  • 20-yard dash – 2.55 seconds.
  • 10-yard dash – 1.59 seconds
  • Bench press – 18 repetitions at 225 pounds
  • Vertical jump – 32 inches.
  • Broad jump – 9-feet, 10 inches.

HIGH SCHOOL

Burton was part of the graduating class of 2007 at Clear Creek High School in the Clear Creek Independent School District in League City, Texas, a town that sits about halfway between Houston and Galveston.

With playing for the Wildcats, he produced 11 career interceptions and he had 10 touchdowns on various types of returns. That earned him All-District 24-5A honors for three years in a row as a returner, and he was All-District for his defensive play at CB in junior and senior seasons.

He also ran track and was the district’s 200 meters champion at 21.3 seconds as a junior. He qualified for the Junior Olympics. His personal best time in the 200 meters was 20.8 seconds.

FOOTBALL

2006 – Wildcats finished 4-7.

2005 – Clear Creek had a 5-7 record and Burton was named the team’s defensive player of the year.

2004 – 0-9 on the season for the Wildcats.

RECRUITING

Burton drew interest from Utah, SMU, Tulane and Texas-El Paso. He visited Utah and UTEP and ended up committing to the Utes in December 2006.

COLLEGE

Burton is majoring in Economics at the University of Utah.

He was named to the second-team All-Mountain West Conference defense in 2010.

2010 – Burton started all 13 games at CB and finished with 51 tackles, 2 INTs and blocked two FGs, including a 42-yard attempt on the final play of the game against BYU to preserve a one-point victory.

2009 – He started 12 of 13 games, with 43 tackles and an interception. Only game he didn’t start was when the Utes opened in a four-linebacker scheme.

2008 – Burton played in 11 games, mostly on special teams.

2007 – Redshirt season.

 

Year

 

G

 

S

Tot

Tkl.

 

TFL

 

INT

 

PBU

Blk.

Kicks

2010

13

13

51

1

2

8

2

2009

13

12

47

4

1

10

0

2008

11

0

3

0

0

0

0

Totals

37

25

101

5

3

18

2

EVALUATION FOR PRO FOOTBALL

Strengths – Burton does a good job of reading quarterbacks and breaking on the ball. He’s physically strong enough that he can press and re-route receivers, and he’s fluid enough that he can turn and run with most receivers. Has good closing speed, but only mediocre recovery speed. He’s very good on special teams and blocked a pair of FGs last year.

Weaknesses – Hands are sometimes suspect as he tend to catch the ball against his body, rather than with his hands. He takes too long to get off blocks. He’s not a big hitter, but doesn’t shy away from contact. could do a better job of recognizing run. Has the mentality and physical tools to eventually improve in run support but takes too long to shed and is only adequate at breaking down in space

Analysis – His speed and quickness make him an attractive possibility for just about any defense. Right now, he’s all about potential and he’ll need work on fundamentals before he reaches his full potential. Until then, he should provide help in the kicking game.

WHAT THE SCOUTS HAVE TO SAY

An AFC scout said – “Good player who can handle himself in the press or zone coverage. If we were to get him our special teams coach would go crazy using him all over the field in on cover teams and going after kicks and punts. He’s shown that snap burst that gives him a step on the edge.”

WHAT HE HAS TO SAY

“I take pride in my special teams play. You know, to me, it’s just as important as my defensive plays. Uhm, so, I’m always loving to go down and make the play on special teams. I feel that special teams can break the game.”

“That is how it is at corner – either everybody hates you because you can’t cover anybody or you make a big play and everyone loves you.”

WHAT OTHERS SAY ABOUT HIM

Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham – “Brandon Burton is the leader of the secondary and one of the best corners around. He has all the tools—blazing speed, good size and plays the ball well. He is in the same mold as Sean Smith, Brice McCain and R.J. Stanford, who were all NFL draft choices.”

More from Whittingham on Burton – “It’s the toughest position to play, without a doubt. If you mess up, everyone in the stadium knows so you have to have a short memory and be competitive. He has the physical tools and the speed and quickness and strength. It’s a demanding position.”

DOES HE FIT WITH THE CHIEFS

They always say in the NFL you can’t have enough good running backs or cornerbacks, so the Chiefs interest would fit only if they feel a move is ahead on the corner with starters Brandon Carr and Brandon Flowers. I would bet he’s on their draft board, but would not be a consideration early, so he’ll likely be gone.

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