The experts give their thoughts on former Michigan State wide receiver Aaron Burbridge.

What did the NFL Draft experts say about former Michigan State wide receiver Aaron Burbridge? (Video Credit: MSU Athletic Communications)

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Wide Receiver Aaron Burbridge


ESPN analyst and 2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee Bill Polian: “I like the size, I like the speed, I like his hands, I like his routes. He too is competitive. That’s a repetitive statement, but that’s what Michigan State’s about. You don’t play for Mark Dantonio unless you’re competitive and tough and resilient. At the receiver position, that’s a very, very valuable trait to have. And (Aaron) has it. He’s a guy you’re going to count on to perform on Sunday. He’s probably not going to put up the best numbers here (at the combine), but so what. What you do on Sunday is what counts. And he’s a guy that’s done it throughout his career.”


ESPN analyst Todd McShay: “He’s just a playmaker. We were at that Michigan game, and just the way that he was covered up sometimes, a lot of times – how many targets did he have in that game – and I thought Jourdan Lewis from Michigan had one of the better games in his career, and (Burbridge) wound up getting nine catches (for 132 yards). People are yelling at me and saying how can you say that’s he playing so well when Burbridge has all this production, well, he was covering him like a blanket and doing a fantastic job, but Burbridge was getting late separation, making tough catches in traffic, and just showing the hand-eye coordination that we saw from him all season long. I’m interested to see what he runs here, I’m interested to see kind of the measurables to go along with the tape, but a player that really stood out this year and obviously was the go-to guy and delivered week in and week out it seemed like.”


NFL Network analyst Charles Davis: “He’s a guy that when you look at his (career) numbers, because of injuries, didn’t quite hit those, and he was a guy that every year, hey, is this Burbridge’s year? Finally it hit. Big Ten Receiver of the Year (in 2015). And the jump in numbers…was crazy (up from 29 catches in 2014 to school-record 85 in 2015), big highlight reel plays, and I think his dose of confidence, plus a good week at the Senior Bowl, that gives him an opportunity. I don’t think he’s going to be a first-round pick, but anything from probably second round, third round is more likely, but he’s got a chance.”


Sirius XM NFL analyst Jim Miller: “He had a great year after Tony Lippett led then (in 2014), and what he did the year prior. And he (Lippett) got drafted as a corner. Burbridge is a more polished receiver, in terms of running his routes, again, you talk about the pro-style offense, he runs the entire route tree. Solid receiver in terms of plucking the football. He had a great week down at the Senior Bowl, and so like most of these players you just gotta start checking the boxes. Have a good season, which he had at Michigan State, have a good Senior Bowl, now have a good Combine. And he has the ability to help himself.”

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