The Carolina Panthers selected pass-rusher Brian Burns out of Florida State with the 16th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.
He has rare size, length, and explosiveness for the position and adds a high-upside player to Carolina's front-four. Mario Addison and Bruce Irvin currently sit atop the Panthers' depth chart at defensive end.
Burns was an all ACC first-team selection this past season and was viewed as a prospect with one of the highest ceilings in the draft. He accumulated 10 sacks and 15.5 tackles for loss in 2018.
School: Florida State
Weight: 249 lbs
Burns is arguably the best pure pass-rusher in this year's class, which will place him high on a number of teams' draft boards. The lanky defender profiles as a solid fit in both 4-3 and 3-4 defenses, but will likely be asked to add some weight and strength to secure an every-down role early in his career. There are concerns, but Burns is a developed edge rusher who possesses elite athleticism, excellent bend through contact, and solid collegiate production.