Martail Burnett, DE
(6026, 262, 4.72-4.85) Utah
Notes: Born 1/10/85 in Los Angeles, California. First name is pronounced "mar-tell." Parents are Willie Burnett, Jr. and Kristy Brewer. Has three brothers. All-conference and all-area at David Starr Jordan High (Calif.). Team captain. Lettered in three sports. First person from his high school in 18 years to qualify for state track and field meet. Student vice president of athletics. Is married to the former Misty Eby.
College: A 185-pound wide receiver coming out of high school, he was originally recruited as a safety, but the coaches moved him to linebacker, then defensive end. Redshirted in 2003. Saw action in nine games in 2004; recorded five tackles, one sack, one tackle-for-loss and blocked a kick in the Fiesta Bowl. Played in all 12 games (starting 8) at open end in 2005; had 53 tackles, seven TFL, 3.5 sacks, two PBU, one fumble recovery and a blocked kick. Honorable Mention All-Mountain West Conference in 2006, starting all 13 games; led the Utes in sacks (5.5) and TFL (10.5) while finishing with 42 tackles and adding three PBU and two forced fumbles. In 2007, he recorded 50 tackles, 15 TFL, seven sacks, one interception (returned 55 yards), three PBU, one fumble recovery and one forced fumble. Sociology science major.
Measured 6026, 257 prior to the draft. Posted 1.67 10-yard dash, 2.78 20-yard dash, 4.75 40-yard dash, 38.5-inch vertical jump, 10'7" broad jump, 4.53 short shuttle, 7.16 three-cone drill and did 16 reps at 225 pounds.
Pro: Signed by the Vikings as an undrafted free agent following the 2008 NFL Draft; reportedly received a three-year deal that included a $21,000 signing bonus.
Positives: Smart, fast and aggressive. Very coachable. Tremendous moves and athleticism. Very athletic and smooth. Has a quick first step off the ball. Uses his hands pretty well. Adequate size and build. Moves well in space. Plays even faster than he times and has very good pass-rush potential. Was productive in college. Has some upside.
Negatives: Lacks great size at the point of attack. Motor runs hot and cold. Doesn't have great strength. Lacks great closing burst and sustained speed. Needs work on overall technique and hand use. Awareness and instincts are marginal. Bit of a ‘tweener' and is still somewhat raw.
Summary: Potential sleeper among the team's undrafted free-agent crop. Good practice squad prospect with the frame to get bigger, long arms, good movement skills and leaping ability (38 ½-inch vertical jump, 10'7" broad jump). Has some raw, physical tools but will need a lot of patient coaching and improved strength (only 16 reps) to develop. Burnett is a hard-working prospect who makes a lot of plays up the field. He has a chance to develop under defensive line coach Karl Dunbar.
What they said:
"He's a great pass rusher and he's made himself into a good run defender. That was not his forte a couple years ago. He just kept continuing to get stronger." - Kyle Whittingham, Utah head football coach
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