On the defensive side of the ball, the Falcons will be looking at a possible pass rusher to go with Takk McKinley. Brian Burns out of Florida State might be that the answer for the Falcons. Burns is 6’5 249 pounds. Many scouts have said that he has good basketball player size, which will help him in the NFL. Many scouts have also compared him to former Georgia football player Leonard Floyd who is currently on the Chicago Bears. Even though he is young, he does have an elite get-off and a good stride length that are just too much for many offensive linemen. The tools that Burns have are exactly what the Falcons are looking for and need in a pass rusher. If the Falcons do in fact draft Burns, then it could mean that Vic Beasley, who is on the last year of his rookie contract since the Falcons chose to use his 5th year option on his contract.
Now one thing that does concern some scouts about Burns is his thine frame. Many of scouts and analysts have said that he needs to build up some more muscle to give him a better frame. Another thing that does concern scouts is that he gives away his position on the edge. Basically when he is position as a edge rusher, he makes it easy for the offensive linemen to see him so that allows them to know where he is coming from so that might allow them to double team or give the offensive linemen time to get to the outside to block him. Now whoever gets Burns will be able to help him with both of these issues and anything else that they want to fix.
Many mock drafts have Burns going to the Falcons at 14. If Ed Oliver is off the board and Brian Burns is available, then the Falcons may take him. He could be the pass rusher that the Falcons are looking for.