TreylonBurksPackers

Nov 20, 2021; Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA; Arkansas Razorbacks wide receiver Treylon Burks (16) catches a pass for a touchdown against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the first half at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports

The Green Bay Packers own two picks in the first round (Nos. 22 and 28) of the 2022 NFL draft. In this “Packers draft profile” series, we will look at several options for Green Bay in the first round and dissect their collegiate careers, highlight reel and how they would fit with the team.

In this edition, we look at Arkansas wide receiver Treylon Burks.

OVERVIEW

The Razorbacks record holder for most 100-yard games in a single season, Burks is a big-play machine with in-game speed that pops and can be of use all over the field. He checks in at 6-foot-2, 225 pounds.

As a junior in 2021 at Arkansas, Burks set career highs with 66 catches, 1,104 receiving yards and 12 total touchdowns. He also carried the rock, usually on jet sweeps and end arounds, 14 times for 112 yards.

Burks was a key contributor for three seasons, but really made waves in 2020 when he hauled in 51 receptions for 820 yards and seven touchdowns in nine games. That year, he tallied a career-best 11 catches vs. the Rebels and a career-best 206 yards against Missouri. He also rushed 15 times for 75 yards.

Burks did occasionally pull a disappearing act in 32 career games. He was held under 20 yards receiving six different instances – twice each season – and finished with two or fewer catches in seven contests. His flair for lengthy gains, however, makes any risk associated with his game worth the reward. Burks averaged 16+ yards per reception each year and registered nine career touchdowns of 45 yards or more.

A four-star recruit from Warren, Ark., Burks completed his Razorbacks career ranked sixth in program history in the following categories: catches (146), receiving yards (2,399) and touchdown grabs (18).

Despite surprisingly average running and jumping measurements at the NFL combine, Burks is a solid prospect whose film does the talking. He can line up just about anywhere and create problems.

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COMBINE RESULTS

40-yard dash: 4.55 seconds

Bench press: N/A

Vertical jump: 33 inches

Broad jump: 122 inches

3-cone drill: 7.28 seconds

20-yard shuttle: N/A

FILM ROOM

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING

“Big, smooth and natural, Burks possesses the versatility to operate from wherever you want and get to wherever you need no matter the competition. He's a mismatch receiver combining size, strength and competitiveness similar to the Titans' A.J. Brown, but his speed testing at the NFL Scouting Combine did not meet expectations. Arkansas benefitted by putting the ball in his hands from a variety of alignments and there is no reason to believe NFL play-callers won't benefit from doing the same. The tape is extremely exciting with real NFL skills jumping off the screen, but his potential to become a high-volume, three-level target is a little more cloudy after a relatively disappointing showing at the combine.” – Lance Zierlein

“Burks is able to split defenders in a hurry, and his play strength lets him break through tackles from smaller defenders. He has large hands that allow him to pluck throws out of the air with ease, and he can often make the spectacular catch away from his body, although he will have some concentration drops crop up. Arkansas likes to move Burks around the formation to highlight his talent, often putting him in motion before targeting him with a throw or designed run. And while he is a talented athlete, he will need to continue to refine his technique and route-running. … He will need to improve on some details to make the most of his ability, which makes his floor to be an every-down contributor a bit lower when he starts his professional career. But the unique skill set Burks has at his size and with his athleticism makes his potential sky high. And he could be one of the more dynamic weapons in the NFL if he goes to the right team with a creative play-caller and a little bit of patience.” – Nate Tice

“Burks was the centerpiece of the Razorbacks' offense the past two seasons, creating a "where's Waldo" dilemma for opposing defenses. In a perfect world, Burks' NFL offensive coordinator would carve out a similar role for him. It's likely he could fit as a "big slot" in the league, but Burks likely will have to learn to win outside as well and might not have as many designed touches right away.” – Eric Edholm 

HOW HE FITS

Forget his mystifying combine – just bear with us here – and turn on the tape. Burks can scoot, thrives in contested-catch situations and plays with a compass that is almost always pointed north. Green Bay needs a dynamic receiver the way a workout fiend needs a protein shake after a heavy lift. It can’t afford to leave the first round without grabbing a player of Burks’ caliber. The Razorback regularly outran SEC competition and was intimate with the end zone despite attracting high-priority coverage from defenses. His best attribute probably is his multifacetedness – he can win on the outside, kill mismatches in the slot and shows good vision with the ball in his hands behind the line of scrimmage, a bonus for the Pack.

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