Updated Jan. 2, 2019
By Charlie Campbell. Follow Charlie on Twitter @draftcampbell.
Recently, there were projections by some in the draft media of Florida State defensive end Brian Burns being a top-10 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. Burns was a productive edge rusher over the past few seasons for the Seminoles. With Florida State falling short of winning enough to make it into a bowl game, the junior promptly declared for the 2019 NFL Draft at the end of the regular season. Throughout the 2018 season, Burns was not projected as a consensus high first-round pick, but players rise and fall every year and there are some shocking selections early in the first round. To see if Burns could have that potential, WalterFootball.com surveyed a handful of team sources who have graded Burns, and none of those teams has Burns as a high first-round pick. In fact, they all had graded Burns on the second day of the 2019 NFL Draft.
One area scout said they had given Burns a late second-/early third-round grade. They said there was no way they could take Burns in the first round. The most optimistic view came from a national scout who said that they could perhaps see Burns sneaking into the very end of the first round. Here is what they texted about Burns, "Great athlete. No chance at the top 10. Possible late first-round pick, but much closer to Day 2."
A national scout from a perennial Super Bowl contender texted this, "He's not going top 10. That's ridiculous." In speaking to a director of college scouting, they said they also had Burns as a second-round pick and thought he could get overhyped by the media because of his athletic traits and upside.
Some of those scouts also graded other speed edge rushers in the same regional territory with Florida's Jachai Polite and Mississippi State's Montez Sweat. That group said they had Burns graded behind both Polite and Sweat.
While these sources did not have Burns as a high first-round pick, they liked him in the second round and thought he could be a quality pick and nice value on the second night of the 2019 NFL Draft.