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Colts select...Vincent Burns DE, KENTUCKY
Vincent Burns, DE, Kentucky
Height: 6:00.3 Weight: 267
Overview: Burns played courageously while hampered by injuries his senior season. A high-intensity player whose motor runs full speed all the time, he played his freshman season at Northern Arizona. Burns then transferred to Kentucky and was a three-year starter at defensive end. He was an All-Southeastern Conference performer as a sophomore and junior, leading the SEC with 18 tackles for loss in 2003. He is known by the nickname "Sweet Pea," given by his family when he was a baby. In his first year at Kentucky, Burns posted 65 tackles (48 solos) with three sacks and 14.5 stops for losses in 2002. He followed with 72 tackles (45 solos), 2.5 sacks and an SEC-high 18 stops behind the line of scrimmage. He registered 31 tackles (24 solos) with 4.5 stops for losses while playing in nine games during an injury plagued senior campaign. In 33 games with the Wildcats, Burns was credited with 168 tackles (117 solos), 5.5 sacks for minus-31 yards and 37 stops for losses of 120 yards. He recovered four fumbles and caused two others, while adding three pass deflections and two safeties.
Analysis: Positives...Natural pass rusher with that quick twitch off the snap to explode into the backfield... Has the hand punch and speed to easily disengage from blockers...Has a good feel for the game, diagnosing plays on the move and locating the ball quickly...Very strong for his size, using his hand punch to effectively control the blockers...Has the speed to beat his man around the corner and when the lineman overcompensates to the outside, he shows that swim move needed to break into the backfield from the inside...Excels at knocking down passes at the line of scrimmage...His ability to drop off in pass coverage and fluidly move in space could see him being utilized as a rush end in a 3-4 defense or as a classic down lineman in a 4-3 defensive alignment...Explosive tackler with the power to jar the ball loose...Never gives up on a play and shows great acceleration in pursuit...Has that second gear needed to burst past the line to collapse the pocket.
Negatives...As quick and determined as he is on the field, he lacks the bulk to stand up to the more physical blockers...Gets knocked around quite a bit in run support due to his slight frame...Does not have the leg drive to maintain position in one-on-one situations... Has good instincts, but tends to be a little late coming off the snap, at times...Very lean in the lower body, but unfortunately, his frame may not be able to carry much more bulk.
Agility tests: COMBINE: 4.84 in the 40-yard dash...2.85 20-yard dash...1.7 10-yard dash...4.41 20-yard shuttle...7.24 three-cone drill...35-inch vertical jump...10'2" broad jump...Bench pressed 225 pounds 25 times...34 1/8-inch arm length...9 3/8-inch hands...16 Wonderlic score.
High school: Attended Lowndes (Valdosta, Ga.) High School, playing football for Matt Miller...Earned first-team all-state honors as a senior...Named the Region Player of the Year...Helped Lowndes to the Class AAAA state championship his senior season...Named Most Valuable Player of the state championship game after blocking a punt and scoring the first touch-down of the game...Led the team with 23 tackles for loss and 15 quarterback sacks during the season and also tallied three defensive touchdowns...Caught 15 passes on offense and scored five time...Selected to play in the Georgia North-South All-Star Game in the summer following his senior season...Competed in the shot put in track and field and was a power forward on the basketball team his sophomore and junior seasons.
Personal: Kinesiology major...Participated in a service event at the Ronald McDonald House (2002)... Guest speaker at Dixie Elementary (2003)...Son of Hank Burns and Lavern Gardner...Born 6/21/81 in Valdosta, Georgia.
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