When it comes to physical specimens in the 2022 NFL Draft who play wide receiver, look no further than Treylon Burks. He is big, strong, and physical but also can move and is a threat to make something happen whenever the ball is in his hands. He lacks polish when it comes to route-running and the nuances of the position, but it's the physical traits that make him a potential first-round pick.
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Treylon Burks Draft Profile
Burks is an absolute tank of a wideout. His calling cards are size, strength and physicality, but also some athletic traits you don’t often see in a player his size. He’s built like a power forward, with the height, long arms and broad frame to impose his will against smaller defensive backs. There’s no chance of re-routing him, and he’s a nightmare with the ball in his hands. Arkansas made it a point to get him the ball early in the down, including touches as a traditional tailback, and let him run through defenses with outstanding contact balance. He thrives on physicality. His hands are good, and he consistently plucks the ball away from his frame in traffic. He runs well for a big receiver and could develop into a threat further down the field.
He’ll need to become more polished to win at the NFL level. Burks ran a limited route tree at Arkansas, primarily working out of the slot, the backfield or on jet sweeps in order to manufacture touches. He doesn’t show much feel as a route-runner in terms of setting up defensive backs, more often relying on his size and strength to overpower opponents rather than creating separation.
There’s a lot of A.J. Brown in his game, right down to the questions surrounding the offense he played in at the college level, but we’ve seen similar YAC specialists thrive over the past few seasons. His usage at Arkansas was similar to what Deebo Samuel did for the 49ers last season, and there will be a role for Burks early as a big slot and gadget player on manufactured touches.
Final Grade: 1st Round