Brian Burns
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Burns with the Carolina Panthers in 2020
No. 53 – Carolina Panthers
Position:Defensive end
Personal information
Born: (1998-04-23) April 23, 1998 (age 24)
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
High school:American Heritage (Plantation, Florida)
College:Florida State (2016–2018)
NFL Draft:2019 / Round: 1 / Pick: 16
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 18, 2021
Total tackles:133
Sacks:25.5
Pass deflections:8
Forced fumbles:6
Fumble recoveries:1
Touchdowns:1
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Brian Burns (born April 23, 1998) is an American football defensive end for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Florida State and was drafted by the Panthers in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft.

Early years

Burns attended American Heritage School, where he played high school football. Over his junior and senior seasons, he had 135 tackles and 28 sacks combined and helped his team win state titles. Burns played in the 2016 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.[1] He committed to Florida State University to play college football.[2][3]

College career

As a freshman at Florida State in 2016, Burns played in all 13 games and led all freshman in the country with 8.5 sacks.[4] As a sophomore in 2017, he started all 13 games and had 48 tackles and 4.5 sacks.[5][6][7] As a junior in 2018, Burns started all 12 games, recording 52 tackles and 10 sacks. After the season, Burns decided to forgo his senior year and enter the 2019 NFL Draft.[8][9]

College statistics

Year Class Position GP Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
Solo Ast Total Loss Sack Int Yards Avg TD PD FR Yards TD FF
2016 Freshman DE 8 14 9 23 9.5 8.5 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2017 Sophomore DE 13 26 22 48 13.5 4.5 0 0 0.0 0 4 1 0 0 3
2018 Junior DE 12 31 21 52 15.5 10.0 0 0 0.0 0 3 1 0 0 3

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Wonderlic
6 ft 4+34 in
(1.95 m)
249 lb
(113 kg)
33+78 in
(0.86 m)
10 in
(0.25 m)
4.53 s 1.54 s 2.62 s 7.01 s 36.0 in
(0.91 m)
10 ft 9 in
(3.28 m)
22
All values are from NFL Scouting Combine[10][11][12]

Burns was drafted by the Carolina Panthers 16th overall in the 2019 NFL Draft.[13]

2019

In Week 2 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Burns sacked Jameis Winston in the 20-14 loss.[14] In Week 5 against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Burns recorded a sack and forced fumble on Gardner Minshew and recovered the ball which he returned for a touchdown in the 34-27 win.[15]

2020

In Week 3 against the Los Angeles Chargers, Burns recorded his first sack of the season, a strip sack on Justin Herbert that was recovered by the Panthers, during the 21–16 win.[16] In Week 7 against the New Orleans Saints, Burns recorded a strip sack on Drew Brees that was recovered by the Panthers during the 27–24 loss.[17] In Week 11 against the Detroit Lions, Burns recorded two sacks on Matthew Stafford during a shutout win and was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week.[18]

2022

The Panthers picked up the fifth-year option on Burns' contract on April 26, 2022.[19]

NFL career statistics

Legend
Bold Career high

Regular season

Year Team Games Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
G GS Comb Total Ast Sack Sfty Int Yds Lng TD PD FF FR Yds TD
2019 CAR 16 5 25 19 6 7.5 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 56 1
2020 CAR 15 14 58 35 23 9.0 0 0 0 0 0 4 3 0 0 0
2021 CAR 17 16 50 31 19 9.0 0 0 0 0 0 4 2 0 0 0
Career 48 35 133 85 48 25.5 0 0 0 0 0 8 6 1 56 1

Personal life

Burns' older brother, Stanley McClover, was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the seventh round of the 2006 NFL Draft.[20][21] His nickname is Spidey. It is the same nickname as his favorite Marvel character Spider-Man. He also named his sack celebration after the nickname.[22] On December 27, 2021, Burns was placed on the Panthers COVID-19 reserve list along with three other players.

References

  1. ^ American Heritage football star Brian Burns named to U.S. Army All-American Bowl
  2. ^ Maks, Patrick. "American Heritage star Brian Burns picks Florida State". sun-sentinel.com.
  3. ^ "Five-star DE Burns commits to Florida State". SI.com.
  4. ^ Deen, Safid. "FSU coaches believe Brian Burns has NFL first-round potential". orlandosentinel.com.
  5. ^ Weiler, Curt. "Brian Burns growing into role as leader on Florida State defense". Tallahassee Democrat.
  6. ^ "Brian Burns looking to thrive in Florida State's new-look defense". Tampa Bay Times.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ Deen, Safid. "FSU's Brian Burns takes Myles Garrett comparison in stride, prepares for breakout year". orlandosentinel.com.
  8. ^ "Florida State DE Burns to enter NFL draft". ESPN.com. December 3, 2018.
  9. ^ Dec 3, A. P.; ET, 2018 at 3:54p (December 3, 2018). "Florida State defensive end Brian Burns declares for draft". FOX Sports.
  10. ^ "Brian Burns Prospect Info". National Football League. Retrieved April 26, 2019.
  11. ^ "*Brian Burns, Florida State, OLB, 2019 Draft Scout, DraftScout.com/NFL Draft Scout". draftscout.com.
  12. ^ "Leaked Wonderlic Test Scores NFL Draft 2019". April 22, 2019.
  13. ^ Powell, Chaunte'l. "FSU standout Brian Burns selected in first round of NFL Draft by Carolina Panthers". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 26 April 2019.
  14. ^ "Bucs use goal-line stand to beat Panthers 20-14". www.espn.com. 13 September 2019. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  15. ^ "McCaffrey scores 3 TDs, Panthers hold off Jaguars 34-27". www.espn.com. 6 October 2019. Retrieved 6 October 2019.
  16. ^ "Carolina Panthers at Los Angeles Chargers - September 27th, 2020". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2020-09-28.
  17. ^ "Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints – October 25th, 2020". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2020-10-29.
  18. ^ Gordon, Grant (November 25, 2020). "Texans QB Deshaun Watson, Rams WR Robert Woods lead Players of the Week". NFL.com.
  19. ^ "Fifth-year option tracker for first-round picks from the 2019 NFL Draft". NFL.com.
  20. ^ "Brian Burns on joining Panthers: "It's blowing my mind"". Panthers.com.
  21. ^ "Emotional Stanley McClover was ready for Panthers to draft brother Brian Burns". Panthers.com.
  22. ^ "Brian Burns the Seminole who became spider-man". Panthers.com.