Burton showed off his big play ability as a true freshman in 2003, hauling in 20 passes for 221 yards and two TD’s. A broken wrist ended caused him to redshirt the following season. As a sophomore in 2005, he caught 24 balls for 365 yards and two touchdowns, despite missing four games with a broken foot. Burton had a big junior season, earning all SEC honors after hauling in 77 passes for 1,036 yards and 12 touchdowns, while adding over 24 yards per kick return. His numbers dipped a little as a senior, but he still caught 59 passes for 685 yards and nine touchdowns.
Burton is a fine all around wide receiver. He has decent size, and is not afraid to work over the middle of the field. He will take a hit and hold on to the football, and will sacrifice his body for the catch. His natural athleticism and body control is his best asset. He can really go up and get the football while it is in the air. He could be a great threat in the red zone because of his ability in one on one situations. Burton also shows the ability to make a defender miss with the ball in his hands. He has also had success as a kick returner, and may bring value there as well.
The only thing Burton lacks physically is great speed. He lacks the speed to get consistent separation and will not run by corners at the next level.
Burton came on strong his last two years in college and developed into a fine prospect. He has the talent to help out in many ways, even if he is not a true go to option. Burton has had a solid post season, easing some concerns about his long speed. He may not be an elite option at receiver but he could be a player who outperforms his draft position, which should be in the third or fourth round.