if the Saints would pass on home town once in a lifetime type of player in Leonard Fournette I would DIE!! Mark Ingram hasn't shown to be all that great. We will likely have a new young QB in a few years and a BEAST back would do him wonders. Hell he may help Brees last a little longer in that he won't have to pass 100 times a game. Delvin Breaux, PJ Williams, DeVante Harris, Ken Crawley, Damian Swann, and Kyle Wilson will be plenty enough depth at corner. The 2 UDFA corners have played good considering they are undrafted. I think PJ was gonna have a good year before the devastating concussion. We are missing Sheldon Rankins right now and our top 3 corners. This D isn't as bad as most think, but the devastating injuries to all our corners have killed us, which would happen to every team out there. Plus I'm scared of Bama corners BIG TIME!! They seem to bust or take forever to produce!!
Yeah the Patriots are just clamoring for an interior offensive lineman. After all they have Thuney and Mason as starters at guard with Jonathan Cooper and Ted Karras as back-ups and have a very good center in David Andrews. What the Patriots need is an offensive tackle because Sebastian Vollmer ain't getting any younger and hasn't really been fully healthy the last two seasons. If there's a great prospect at OT at the end of the first round the Patriots should take him. You're out of your tree if you think the Patriot's greatest need is an interior offensive lineman.
Yet again, I will follow Walt's lead for this draft order outside the fact that the Bears land the top pick over the 49ers or Browns, I have more faith in Cutler running into wins before I do with Kessler or Gabbert. Also, there are still some players not in the system such as the Illini DEs, Justin Evans and Malik Hooker at safety. Until they are in I will mock without them.
Career Recap: The Cornhuskers standout has been a tough runner the past two seasons. Burkhead broke out with a quality sophomore season in 2010 with 951 yards rushing (5.5 average) and seven touchdowns. Nebraska moved to the Big Ten last year, but its tougher run defenses didn't hold him back in his second season.
Burkhead has been named an All-Big Ten selection for his 2011 season. He averaged 4.8 yards per carry with 1,357 yards rushing and 15 touchdowns. Burkhead had big games against Michigan State (130 yards and two touchdowns) and Iowa (160 yards rushing and two scores). He has also contributed well as a receiver, snagging 49 passes for 415 yards and three touchdowns in his career.
Off the field, Burkhead has been a team leader and a high-character individual who has been active in community charity work.
2012 Season Outlook:
Burkhead should be in store for a big senior season. Nebraska has a quality offensive line and a good supporting cast around him. With good experience to build off of, Burkhead could total 1,500 yards rushing as a senior.
Burkhead has an interesting skill set. Just looking at him one would probably be inclined to think that he is a power back in the mold of Toby Gerhart or Mike Alstott. While Burkhead definitely has the physicality to run over some defenders, he is smaller and quicker than most realize.
Burkhead really is an option runner who picks up good yards going around the edge and cutting downfield. He can be a one-cut downhill runner. Burkhead is not a heavy back, he is a true running back and not a potential fullback. The Cornhusker is a halfback who could be part of a good stable of backs in the NFL.
An underrated aspect about Burkhead's game is his receiving ability. He has done well as a receiver for Nebraska on limited opportunities. Burkhead has the potential to be a good third-down back at the next level. The ball-carrier just needs to learn blitz protection, which should be no problem for him, to complete his skills in the passing game. Between his short-yardage and third-down skills, he could be a nice situational back.
There are questions around Burkhead as a prospect. He will have to transition to a pro-style offense in the NFL. Nebraska's option attack is a collegiate system that produces good totals regardless of the back. Burkhead has a nice burst and quickness for the college game, but may not be quick enough to be starter in the NFL. He needs to prove he has that speed as a senior to get drafted highly.
2013 Draft Expectations:
Burkhead's stock is fluid. Right now, he could go anywhere from the second through the fourth round. Burkhead needs a dominant senior season to be a second-round pick. At worst, he should be a mid-rounder as long as he stays healthy.