my best friend is the starting RT for the Oregon Ducks and he told me first hand that Burfict has put on a lot of bad weight and has lost a couple steps this season. says hes way overrated. he got a seal on him on the QB's read option that went for a big gain in the 3rd quarter last night.
straight from on an on-field source, Burfict is just another guy.
People can talk about Burfict's tenacity and attitude all they want.
The bottom line is, the guy is so over-aggressive to the point where he takes himself out of plays and gets called for 2-3 personal foul penalties in seemingly every game. That's been his biggest problem since day one. And he's yet to correct it...at all.
If we're trying to add to our LB corps in round 1 then give me Upshaw, Ingram, or Curry.
Vontaze Burfict's intensity intriguing, but rage a red flag
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. Russ Lande
Sporting News draft expert Russ Lande analyzes the current draft status of a prominent college player:
Vontaze Burfict, LB, Arizona State
Linebacker Vontaze Burfict is leaving Arizona State to enter the NFL Draft. He will bring baggage that might worry some teams but can be a monster. (AP Photo)
Junior, 6-3, 252 pounds, 4.65 40-yard dash
Burfict announced Tuesday he would leave college for the 2012 NFL Draft. He wrote on his Facebook page: "I will be expanding my talents to the next level."
Before the 2011 season, Sporting News' Matt Hayes profiled Burfict, calling him "toughest, meanest, nastiest player in the college game—the guy opponents fear and officials target, the guy once benched by his own coach because his violent makeup led to too many personal fouls." Read Hayes' article here.
Skill set: Burfict has good size and outstanding strength. He makes more than his share of hard hits by bending his knees, snapping his hips and exploding up into opponents. This helps Burfict consistently jolt blockers backward.
He seems to enjoy the violence and always goes for the blow-up hit, which leads to sliding off ball carriers and too often missing tackles for a player with his talent.
Burfict is an instinctive linebacker who reads and reacts to plays fast. He moves easily through traffic and has good speed in pursuit. Burfict’s explosiveness, strength and long arms give him the tools to consistently pressure the quarterback when he blitzes.
Must improve: Burfict must do a better job of taking on blockers with better leverage and use of his hands. He must focus on wrapping up and making tackles and cut down on sloppy misses. Burfict also must keep his emotions under control because he'll get tested by opponents trying to frustrate him and get him to snap.
He's also a liability covering tight ends in man-to-man and struggles to get deep — a requirement for middle linebackers in most 4-3 schemes.
Best fit, scheme: Ideally as an inside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme where he'll deal with fewer blockers than in a 4-3 defense. Burfict's ability to pressure the quarterback better fits a 3-4 since linebackers must be productive blitzing for the scheme to work. His pass-rush skills could also be effective outside in that scheme.
Best fit, team/coaches: Burfict would be an excellent fit for the Kansas City Chiefs as a violent interior force in their 3-4. Not only would he fit in the Chiefs' scheme scheme, but Romeo Crennel could help Burfict overcome issues controlling his emotions — if Crennel remains as head coach.
Projected draft position: Burfict has been rumored to be a late first-round pick. While that is possible, we believe hes most likely will be a second- or third-round pick by a team that has a history of handling players who come into the NFL with baggage.
Current pro he compares to: Brandon Spikes, New England Patriots; Nate Irving; Denver Broncos.
I've said repeatedly that I'd love to have the Jets pick Burfict, but I'm starting to question it given the recently reported lack of leadership and tension within the Jets locker room. I'm also starting to question whether he would be good value at 16 -- despite being an arguable top 10 talent, his stock seems to slipping and could possibly be picked later in the first round. I still have a hard time seeing Pitt or Baltimore passing on him given their ILB needs, but holy crap would he be a steal in the second round.