Terrell Burgess, Utah, Defensive Back
5’11, 202lbs — 29.5 inch arms — 9.25 inch hands
4.46 40yard dash, 20 bench reps, 33.5 inch vertical jump, 122 inch broad jump
4 year senior from San Marcos, CA
Originally committed to Utah as an athlete and saw limited time on offense and defense as a freshman. Focused on defense and was used as a rotational player until his senior season where he started all 14 games for the Utes. A versatile defensive back who was asked to wear a few different hats in the Utah secondary playing in the box, covering down over a slot receiver, or back deep as a safety. Burgess has a compact frame that shows he has taken the weight room seriously. Though his length may be a question mark for teams looking for longer armed defensive backs.
As a man defender Burgess shows a good ability to “leverage step” and understands where the help is in coverage. He also has a proven ability to marry his feet to his eyes and break on routes in front of him. When he gets out of phase he doesn’t panic and uses great speed to recover. Burgess is a disciplined defender at the catch-point, raking the receivers hands to disrupt passes.
Burgess was asked to play deep safety at times. While the coverages he played in during college aren’t 100% analogous to what is played in the NFL, his ability to track the ball in the air adds versatility to his game. Burgess shows the ability to relate to the pass routes developing in front of him and puts himself in good position to make a play on the ball. His quick feet allow him to come off one route and play another even when the rules of his coverage are stressed.
A sound tackler, Burgess used his compact build to coil and explode into ball carriers. He uses sound technique, consistently getting his head across the hips of the runner, wrapping his arms and either twisting or driving his feet. He may not make many tackles outside of his frame but the effort and strength he plays with will carry over to special teams play.
Due to the tweener role he played in college (safety/nickel, Burgess will likely be higher on some teams boards than others. He projects to be a player who can compete for the starting nickel corner role within 1-2 years depending on the depth of the team he lands on. His tackling, effort, and smarts will ensure he has a role on some team and adds special teams value day 1. His versatility dropping into deep coverages and playing in the box will boost his value for a team who likes to use their nickel corners in a variety of ways. His marginal length (29.5 inch arms) and hybrid role on film however could be a reason he drops past the second day of the draft.