Treylon Burks (WR) Arkansas
A.J. Brown/Demaryius Thomas
The No. 1 recruit in the state of Arkansas in 2019, Burks elected to stay home and play for the Razorbacks over more vaunted programs like Clemson and Florida State. Was an immediate starter at Arkansas and developed into the program’s top wideout as a sophomore, leading the program in both catches (51) and yards (820) and earning Second-Team All-SEC accolades. Broke out as a junior, leading the Razorbacks once again in all receiving categories (66/1,104/11), including a school-record six 100-yard outings. Was named to the All-SEC First Team. Burks’ junior year resulted in a lofty 91.0 grade from Pro Football Focus, the fifth-highest grade for any wide receiver during the 2021 college season.
• Ideal size/speed combination to develop into a dominant NFL possession receiver.
• Has the frame and knows how to use his body to overpower smaller defensive backs and to win contested-catch situations.
• Won’t be manhandled at the line of scrimmage.
• Plus football IQ.
• Played a ton of reps from the slot at Arkansas but offers inside/outside flexibility in the NFL.
• Excellent route runner with enormous and trustworthy hands.
• Excelled as a rusher in college and profiles as a plus dual-threat weapon in the NFL.
• Destroyed a historically-talented Alabama defense (8/179/2.)
• Deceptive speed looks far more potent than 4.55 time. Clocked at over 22 MPH in a game last season- one of the highest times recorded at any level.
• 31.3% target share was in the 93rd-percentile.
• Strength, stiff-arm, and open-field running should translate into a ton of RAC big plays.
• Does not always quickly gain separation and needs to improve footwork making cuts.
• 4.55 40-yard dash was fine for his size but a bit disappointing in a class filled with sub 4.4 options.
• Needs work on release on the perimeter.
• Limited route tree at Arkansas.
• Blocking needs improvement, particularly from the outside spot.
Prior to the NFL Scouting Combine, Burks was the consensus 1.01 in dynasty leagues. Although his showing in Indianapolis was fine, many other players had more eye-catching showings, especially with the blazing speed times. Burks profiles as a solid X-receiver who can make an impact as a runner and could be a problematic mismatch out of the slot. Fantasy managers who loved Burks’ film have no reason to feel discouraged. Perhaps a sub 4.5 40 at Arkansas’s Pro Day would vault Burks back up into 1.01 ahead of Breece Hall. For now, he’s a solid dynasty investment anywhere in the top-5 and offers enough upside to be a top-40 option in redraft formats.
In a shocking draft-day trade, the Titans shipped off A.J. Brown to Philadelphia and selected Burks with the 18th overall pick, as the sixth first-round wide receiver. A healthy Burks drew some comps to Brown but it remains to be seen how his game translated to the NFL, especially in a low-volume Titans’ passing attack. Burks is still a solid first-round rookie-only pick and has the upside to be a promising mid-round target in dynasty start-ups.