Brian Burns
Brian Burns
22-Year-Old Defensive EndDE
Carolina Panthers
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Last year's 16th overall pick, Burns got off to a hot start as a rookie, totaling 4.5 sacks and returning a fumble for a touchdown across his first six games. He then underwent a minor wrist procedure and saw his snap count slide over the second half of the season, but he still finished with 25 tackles and 7.5 sacks while playing all 16 games. Entering his second year, the 6-5 speedster will hope that strength added to his 250-pound frame will help him hold up better against the run and become a more complete player, which is an intriguing thought considering his explosive upside. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $13.54 million contract with the Panthers in July of 2019.
Ready for 4-3 scheme
DECarolina Panthers
August 6, 2020
Burns doesn't expect to have any trouble transitioning from a 3-4 defense to a 4-3 scheme, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.
ANALYSIS
The 2019 first-round pick had 16 QB hits, 7.5 sacks and five tackles for loss as a rookie, despite playing through a wrist injury -- one that required two minor procedures mid-season -- for the final 12 games of the year. Burns was one of the few bright spots for a dreadful Carolina defense, splitting time between a two-point stance and three-point stance while playing 43.3 percent of defensive snaps. He's on the small side for a defensive end at 250-255 pounds, but that shouldn't be too much of a problem if the Panthers are okay with sacrificing some run defense for pass rushing. The team still appears weak on defense, but there's at least some potential for other players to take blocking attention away from Burns, with rookie first-round pick Derrick Brown joining Kawann Short at defensive tackle. Burns declined to elaborate on specific personal goals for 2020, but he made it pretty clear he's expecting a breakout season.
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Snap Distribution / Depth Chart
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2019 Brian Burns Split Stats
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Measurables Review
How do Brian Burns' measurables compare to other defensive ends?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 5"
 
Weight
250 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.53 sec
 
Cone Drill
7.01 sec
 
Vertical Jump
36.0 in
 
Broad Jump
129 in
 
Hand Length
10.00 in
 
Arm Length
33.88 in
 
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2019 Fantasy Outlook
Following the retirement of Julius Peppers, a franchise cornerstone who ranks fourth all-time in sacks, the Panthers unsurprisingly added to their front seven through the draft. In fact, they didn't wait long, taking Burns 16th overall. At 6-5, 249, Burns tested at an elite level prior to the draft, making him a mouth-watering prospect off the edge. In three seasons at Florida State, he posted 23 sacks, including 10 in his final year. Carolina will hope he can also stand up to more powerful players, but the opportunity for early playing time is certainly there for Burns to show his stuff. That makes the 21-year-old an intriguing commodity as he embarks on his NFL career.
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Promising rookie campaign
DECarolina Panthers
January 7, 2020
Burns finished the 2019 season with 25 tackles (19 solo), 7.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble return for a touchdown in 16 games played.
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Set for sizable workload
DECarolina Panthers
December 13, 2019
Interim coach Perry Fewell said Friday that Burns will handle a similar amount of snaps against the Seahawks on Sunday as he did Week 14, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.
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Undergoes minor procedure
DECarolina Panthers
November 25, 2019
Burns underwent a minor procedure to remove pins from his hand Monday, Max Henson of the Panthers' official site reports.
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Set for increased role Sunday
DECarolina Panthers
November 3, 2019
Burns should see increased playing time Sunday against the Titans with Mario Addison (personal) ruled out, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.
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Ready to take on Niners
DECarolina Panthers
October 25, 2019
Burns (wrist) won't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against the 49ers, Max Henson of the Panthers' official site reports.
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