There has been a lot of talk about the Chicago Bears acquiring Treylon Burks if he were to fall far enough to be within reach. Chris Olave is the dream, but Treylon Burks is a player that the Chicago Bears should be in love with within this draft. When Burks ran his 40-yard dash, all I could think was perfect. Others now are thinking that other teams are thinking meh.
Meh? I guess. DK Metcalf fell in the draft, so more surprising things have happened. Burks ran the 40-yard dash in 4.55 seconds and had a 33-inch vertical leap and a 10.2 broad jump. Nothing about Burks NFL combine screamed draft him. Burks did not need to have that eye-popping NFL combine. I found myself clapping when I watched Burks perform at the underwear Olympics.
Burks doesn’t have track speed, but he does have NFL speed. Pro Football Focus (PFF) calls him Donte Moncrief, and NFL.com calls him AJ Brown. My comp for Burk is one of my favorite NFL receivers to watch play, and that is Steve Smith Sr. I know you wonder how a 5’9 195-pound man compares to a 6’2 225-pound kid.
Players Like Burks Fit The Chicago Bears
Burks poses above average route running, has excellent hand usage and IQ, and has a good vision after the catch. Burks should get drafted in round one, but sometimes teams want the “high ceiling” players instead. The Chicago Bears could find a steal if Burks slips. Sometimes high floors create higher ceilings. Look at Cooper Kupp.
Playstyle. College Treylon Burks plays like NFL Steve Smith. Both players use their size to their advantage. Smith wasn’t tall, but he was big and played above the rim. Burks isn’t 6’4+, but he is thick, much like Smith.
Burks isn’t the prototypical “X” receiver. If the Chicago Bears acquired him, he should be used the same way as Deebo Samual of the San Francisco 49ers. Following that, Shannahan tree. Burks can play all three receiver positions and take carries from the backfield.
Burks has had multiple visits with the Chicago Bears. Stranger things have happened in NFL drafts than a top-rated prospect falling further than planned.
Michael Pittman Jr was a first-round prospect in the 2020 NFL draft but fell to the Colts’ 34th overall selection. There will always be a team that selects a Jalen Reagor or Jordan Love over the Pittmans of the world because they lack patience.
There is no excuse for Tee Higgins and Pittman falling to the second round. It will happen again in a few days when some teams are on the clock. Could that player be Burks for the Chicago Bears?