Position: Strong Safety
Drafted: Round 7, #217 Overall
Birthdate: February 12, 1981
NFL Comparison: Kenoy Kennedy
Strengths: Curry Burns is a linebacker playing in a safetys body. Like a heat-seeking missile, Burns takes the proper angles and torches the man holding the football. He can jump and tackle, and he is capable of playing the run at a high level.
Burns was a productive, three-year starter for the Cardinals, making up one half of a potent safety duo in Louisville playing alongside Anthony Floyd. Usually found among a games leading tacklers, Burns was recognized for his play in the 2001 Liberty Bowl in which he notched 12 of them and along with an interception.
Areas of Concern: Burns can play a tight end in coverage, but otherwise hell need some help in that area. He is not someone that plays the ball because of his intense focus on eliminating the guy holding onto the ball. His speed and range are merely adequate in coverage, so he probably wont be asked to cover too many slot receivers or play in any deep zones.
Burns is also someone who may be a victim of his own aggressive play. He hasnt really suffered any significant injuries, but he is someone who always seems to have a nick or two to play through.
2003 Expectations: Burns should provide an immediate impact on special teams. He has good 4.5 speed and can find a ballcarrier, so hes someone that can make some noise as a gunner. Because of his leaping ability and nose for the football, Burns can be looked upon to block a kick or punt from up the middle.
Dont expect too much from Burns on an every-down basis. The Texans are comfortable going with Eric Brown as their starting strong safety, and last years fifth round pick, Ramon Walker, is still in the mix. While Burns may find a way onto the field in the dime, hell make a name for himself on special teams.
by Keith Weiland
YEAR G TAK TFL INT PD FC FR 2002 13 121 2.5 2 8 2 0 2001 12 107 0 4 4 0 0 2000 11 104 3.0 2 19 1 1 1999 11 14 0 0 0 0 0 TOTALS 47 346 5.5 8 27 3 1
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