Commanders

Eleven targets for Commanders at pick No. 11: Treylon Burks

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In this series, Pete Hailey will preview 11 players whom the Commanders could select with the 11th overall pick in the upcoming NFL Draft.

First up: Wide receiver Treylon Burks

Background: 6-foot-2, 225-pound wideout... 22 years old... Played at Arkansas for three seasons... 66 catches for 1,104 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2021.

Biggest strength: Burks possesses crazy movement skills for a player of his size. Two popular player comparisons for Burks are Tennessee's AJ Brown and San Francisco's Deebo Samuel, and yet, he's bigger than both of them. 

In his final season with the Razorbacks, Burks posted grabs of 91 yards, 85 yards, 66 yards and 52 yards. He also added a 49-yard carry for a score. Those are serious scampers for a pass catcher of his stature.

Because words often aren't enough, though, here's the 66-yard reception from his 2021 campaign, which came against a program with a decent reputation called Alabama:

Biggest question mark: Despite putting together a highlight tape that's littered with explosive sequences, Burks' underwhelming Combine seems to have deflated his stock a tad.

Burks ran a 4.55 40-yard dash in Indianapolis a couple of months ago to go along with a 7.28-second performance in the three-cone drill. Both outputs placed him in the bottom half of his position group, and his 33-inch vertical leap was disappointing, too.

While putting a major emphasis on a prospect's Combine showing can be foolish — especially for someone as productive as Burks was in school — those uninspiring numbers could have scouts and teams second-guessing his pro potential. Would he represent a reach at pick No. 11?

 

Potential fit in Washington: Burks spent the bulk of his time at Arkansas in the slot, as more than three-quarters of his snaps came from that position on the field. That means he and Curtis Samuel might overlap a decent amount with the Commanders, though Samuel's injury-plagued 2021 means no one has a true feel for how he specifically fits into the club's plans.

Therefore, Burks may be lower on the team's board compared to the likes of Chris Olave or Jameson Williams, two receivers who are more natural outside threats.

Regardless, Burks would make Terry McLaurin's life a lot easier, which is a primary objective for Washington in this year's draft. The Razorbacks' star is one of those get-it-to-him-ASAP-and-let-him-go receivers, as evidenced by the numerous chunks of yardage he generated on screens and quick throws.

There's room for him to mature as a route runner, but in the meantime, he'd make the Commanders more dangerous. 

Random and probably ultimately useless fact that's being included in this story anyway: When Burks isn't busy hunting for lengthy touchdowns, he's busy hunting, period. Carson Wentz is also an outdoorsman, and McLaurin has spoken of his love for fishing, meaning Burks would definitely get along with those two fellas: