Vontaze Burfict Scouting Report
|School:||Arizona State Sun Devils|
|Height & Weight:||6'3 - 250 lbs.|
|Draft Prediction:||Second Round|
2012 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:
Vontaze Burfict, LB, Arizona State
This Arizona State product really excels at tackling and working his way through traffic to find the ball-carrier. At 6'3" and 250, he can take on blockers, disengage, and work up the middle. He has enough speed and lateral quickness to be effective in underneath zone coverage. However, he will need to improve in man-to-man coverage, whether it is tracking a tight end over the middle or spilling into the flats to get after running backs.
NFL coaches will need to work on his technique since he too often falls back on his instincts and athleticism. Whether it be pass coverage, footwork in zones or if he is tackling, he'll need to be mindful he is playing under control. In the past he struggled with keeping a level-head on the field-- showing issues with keeping emotions in check.
Burfict will be a useful NFL pro and will nicely fit in a defense that needs their inside linebackers to show multiple looks. He can do it all, but will need coaching up to remain disciplined to his assignments.