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Terrell Burgess Could Be the Swiss Army Knife of the Secondary in Washington

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 02 Utah at Washington Photo by Jesse Beals/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Terrell Burgess, S

School: University of Utah | Conference: PAC-12

College Experience: Senior | Age: 21

Height / Weight: 5’11” / 202 lbs

Projected Draft Status: 3rd - 5th Round

Player Comparison: Vonn Bell

College Statistics

Player Overview

By all accounts, Terrell Burgess is a high-character guy that was beloved at Utah. Coaches at the school seemed to like both the person and the player. In his junior and senior years, he received All-Pac-12 honorable mention. Despite playing primarily safety, Burgess lined up at cornerback as well. The urgency with which Burgess plays is backed up by 4.46s 40-yard dash and 122” broad jump at the combine.

Strengths

· Has experience playing all secondary positions

· Has good instincts around the line of scrimmage.

· Sure tackler and good blitzer

· Good in man coverage, particularly against TEs

Weaknesses

· Has to be more physical taking on blockers and getting off blocks

· Can be caught watching the ball, losing his responsibility on a play

· Despite good instincts, hesitates at times to make a play

· Size may make it difficult for him to defend jump balls

Let’s go to the video tape

How He Fits On The Team

Burgess’ strength is his versatility and it will help him get a chance to catch on in the NFL. Here in Washington, Burgess could immediately play special teams and provide depth at either safety position. While I think he’d make an ideal backup to Landon Collins, he has to become more physical in order to be successful in that role. Burgess’ athleticism could allow him to cover players in the slot. In a pinch, he could also play deep safety, but his instincts appear better at the line of scrimmage. If Ron Rivera and Jack Del Rio covet versatility on defense, Burgess would be a nice addition to the team.