The NY Jets are on the hunt for a wide receiver to bolster their current receiving corps. Arkansas Razorbacks wide receiver Treylon Burks fits the mold of what the Jets are looking for in a young receiver prospect.
Burks, 22, stands at 6-foot-3, 225 pounds. He was named an SEC All-Freshman in 2019, followed by a second-team All-SEC selection in 2020. Burks was also awarded first-team All-SEC honors in 2021. The accomplishments are there.
Burks finished the 2021 season with 66 receptions, 1,104 receiving yards, and 11 receiving touchdowns. while also adding 14 rushing attempts for 112 yards and a touchdown. During Burks’ three-year stint at Arkansas, he racked up 146 receptions, 2,399 receiving yards, and 18 receiving touchdowns.
Treylon Burks has the production to back-up his pre-draft hype, but what are some of his specific strengths?
Treylon Burks' Strengths
Treylon Burks was a yards-after-catch machine at the collegiate level. His average of 9.3 YAC is tied for first in this year’s draft class. Burks also had a knack for catching the football far past the line of scrimmage, where he averaged 16.4 yards-per-reception — good for first in his class.
Given Burks’ size, his wide catch radius and tenacious hands make him a matchup nightmare when attempting to defend him in the open field.
Burks recorded a top-game speed of 22.6 miles per hour in 2022. He has the ability to quickly get past opposing defenders down the field to create enough separation to make a play on the football.
At the NFL Combine, Burks ran a 4.55 40-yard-dash. He opted to stick with that number as he didn’t participate in the 40-yard-dash at his pro day.
Burks did participate in the vertical jump and bench press at his pro day, where he reached 35.5 inches vertically and 12 reps on the bench. This is impressive, but what has some scouts hesitant to take Burks so high in this year’s draft?
Treylon Burks' Weaknesses
Burks’ ability as a receiver isn’t doubted, as he’s proved that he can play with some of the best there is during his time at Arkansas, but there’s more that comes with being a wide receiver than just catching the ball.
Receivers are asked to do much more in the NFL, such as picking up blocking assignments. One knock on Burks is that he showed a bit of inconsistency blocking in open space.
This is a pretty important trait to have at the next level, as many teams rely on their outside receivers to block their opposing defender to open up wider lanes to run through.
Burks has also been caught lacking a bit of effort on certain plays that he may not be directly involved in. Now, this could certainly be hammered down in the NFL with adequate coaching, but everything’s considered a concern when dissecting a prospects tape.
This brings about the question; how does Burks fit within the Jets’ scheme?
Is Treylon Burks an ideal fit for the NY Jets?
Treylon Burks is a solid player, and we’re sure the Jets have him on their radar if they’re looking to cash in on a wide receiver at pick No. 10, but there are also a few other players that the team may feel fit a bit better within their system.
Burks’ ability to run after the catch is valued greatly in Mike LaFleur’s offense. It’s something Burks does well, and the Jets will certainly take that into consideration when they’re on the board at No. 10.
LaFleur’s offense also takes advantage of a receiver's ability to block. Would the Jets be willing to develop Burks’ raw blocking ability along with the receiving aspect of his game? It’s a question worth asking.
General manager Joe Douglas and head coach Robert Saleh are likely enamored by Burks’ size. His size would fit well opposite Corey Davis, and Burks would also serve as a fine compliment to the emerging Elijah Moore.
All in all, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Treylon Burks rocking the green and white come draft day. If the Jets are still in the market for a receiver, that is.