NFL Draft Q&A: WR Keenan Burton

A top target on Day 2 of the draft will be Kentucky WR Keenan Burton, who's had visits with the Cowboys and the Titans, and personal workouts with the Patriots, Jets, Chiefs and Falcons. He talks about some of those experiences in this exclusive interview with Scout.com's Ed Thompson.

Ed Thompson: How are you planning to spend your draft weekend?

Keenan Burton: I'm going to be with my family, doing some reminiscing and having a great time barbequing and playing some cards.

Thompson: You had an official team visit with the Cowboys. Walk me through what that day was like.

Burton: There were couple of us there and we got on the Dallas bus. And it was kind of crazy because I've never been on one that. It had couches and beds and TVs. They have a great facility. They had a big picture in the locker room of the new stadium. And it was great to see all the trophies and pictures of the players who played there. The tradition that they have is so overwhelming.

Thompson: Who did you meet with while you were there?

Burton: I met with the offensive coordinator, the receivers coach, Mr. Jones, and I talked with the head coach a little bit. I got a feel for how it would be to be there.

Thompson: Did any of them tell you how they saw you fitting into their plans in Dallas?

Burton: They told me that if they didn't have interest in me, they wouldn't have brought me out. And whatever receiver they draft, they'll be drafting a receiver to complement Mr. Owens on the other side.

Thompson: That's got to be somewhat overwhelming to think about being paired up with a guy like Terrell Owens.

Burton: It puts a lot of pressure on us as young guys. And I'm not just talking about me. Malcolm Kelly was there, Devin Thomas, Limas Sweed was there. I think the biggest thing is you come in and tell yourself "don't make any mistakes." You've got to do everything you can to complement this great wide receiver on the other side, but also, you're going to be getting a lot of balls because he's going to be seeing a lot of double-teams. So you've got to make plays week-in, week-out, day-in and day-out in practice.


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Thompson: Before your Dallas trip, you went to Tennessee. How did you like meeting Jeff Fisher and his team?

Burton: Oh, it was amazing. Coach Fisher is a laid-back guy, such a nice guy. I got to meet the head of player personnel, the offensive coordinator, I got to meet the receiver coach. It was just fun because it was my first chance to see what it was like to be around guys who are in the NFL. 

Thompson: Were there other players at this visit as well?

Burton: No, I was there by myself. And it was a good thing. I felt like I got a lot of individual attention.

Thompson:  Talk a little bit about working out for the Kansas City Chiefs...

Burton: That was great. It was more of a special teams workout. The special teams coordinator came out and he was working me out as a return man. He said the receiver coach really liked me and that everybody in the organization has been impressed with how I handle myself and how I speak. And he said they were really impressed with all the football knowledge I have. The workout itself was great, it was a little different because I'm a full-time kick returner and a part-time punt returner. But to be in that position and to be able to do it was amazing.

Thompson:  How about your workout with New England? Was it a pretty tough workout?

Burton: Yeah, it was great. Me and (Kentucky WR) Steve Johnson actually worked out together. It was fun because we learned how they run different routes. The fact that we got to work with them and to see how they do things was pretty cool also.

Thompson: Did the Patriots see you more as a wide receiver or in a returns role?

Burton: I didn't get a chance to talk to the special teams coach. The receivers coach was the only one who came. But I know that regardless of where I go or what I do, I'll be looked at to contribute as a special teams player. And that's something that I have no problem with. It's something that I embrace and accept. Whatever they want me to do is what I'm going to do. I'm just excited to have the opportunity to do it.

A member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America, Ed Thompson's player interviews and NFL features are published across the Scout.com network and at FOXSports.com. You can contact him by email through this link.


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