Isaiah Burse, WR/KR/PR, Fresno State


Broncos, UDFA. Enters the Broncos as probably their 5th-best WR, so he has pretty good chance of making the roster. He’ll definitely make a practice squad or roster somewhere, though. Needs to work on his hands and routes before he can be expected to make an impact, but he should be able to get that type of coaching up on the Broncos behind Wes Welker. His best bet is to contribute as a returner and then work his way into a WR rotation. Could put up some fantasy-relevant numbers with Peyton Manning at QB.

All-Star Games: NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

Positives: Adequate speed and acceleration. Above-average quickness and burst. Quick feet allow him to make crisp cuts. Runs like a running back, and is tough and balanced after the catch. Okay hands. Above-average concentration in traffic and on contested passes, and will hold the ball even with a big hit. Okay routes – above-average quickness into and out of breaks, and has good double moves. Fields punts cleanly in traffic. Patient on returns and waits for blocks to develop. Adequate upper body strength. Also worked out as a running back at pro day workouts. Excellent lateral quickness and ability to change directions in Combine drills.

Negatives: Below-average height and bulk. Small hands. Below-average track speed for his size and for the position. Lets passes get to his body too often, and consistently has trouble extending for passes away from his frame, which showed up in Combine drills also. Needs to focus on completing routes to keep defensive backs away from the ball. Doesn’t get much deep separation. Takes too many risky decisions as a punt returner, and will try to return some that he should just fair catch. Generally below-average vertical leap and lower body explosiveness in Combine drills.

Projection: Worth a late-round flier in dynasty rookie drafts and has WR3-or-better potential with enough playing time.

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