Round 1, Pick 10 (via DEN): Brian Burns, EDGE, Florida State
After trading back from the third overall pick to the tenth pick, the Jets still are able to grab elite pass rusher Brian Burns to round out the top 10. While the Jets made moves this offseason, it did not include much of an upgrade to their current pass rushers. As Jordan Jenkins was their leader in sacks a year ago, the Jets are in need of a huge upgrade.
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Burns is that huge upgrade that the Jets are looking for, and to get him with the tenth pick is an absolute steal. The biggest concern about Burns’ game entering the pre-draft process was if he could carry the weight it took to play at the next level. He weighed in at the combine at 249 pounds, adding about 15 pounds to his playing weight.
Not only did Burns add the weight, but it did not hinder his athleticism at all. At the combine, Burns ran a blazing 4.53-secone, 40-yard dash with incredible 10- and 20-yard splits, an impressive 7.01-second 3-cone drill, and jumped out of the building with a 36-inch vertical and nearly 11 feet on his broad jump.
Not only that, but Burns displays one of the best bends in the game and should wreak havoc on quarterbacks in the NFL upon arrival as an edge rusher in the pro game.