Draft Post-Game: Oren Burks Must Step Up : Packers Insider

Draft Post-Game: Oren Burks Must Step Up

April 28, 2019 by  
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By Brian E Murphy, Packers Insider senior editor

~When projected 2nd round inside linebacker Mack Wilson from Alabama was still on the board for Packers’ GM Brian Gutekunst to select on day three of the draft this weekend in Nashville, most Packer fans expected to hear Wilson’s name called.

Gutekunst and defensive coordinator Mike Pettine had other ideas.

Rewind to last year’s draft in Dallas, when on day two, they grabbed Oren Burks from Vanderbilt.

That pick was as much of a surprise as this weekend’s non-pick of Wilson was. None of you had known Burks and there were no mocks from the experts ahead of the draft that had the Packers selecting Burks.

Here we are one year later, and we still don’t know anything about Burks. But the coaches and GM do.

Here’s what they do know, for a fact.

From his combine, Oren Burks:

Height: 6′ 3″
Weight: 233 lbs
Arms: 33 3/8”
Hands: 9 1/8”
40 Yard Dash: 4.59
Bench Press: 18
Vertical Jump: 39.5
Broad Jump: 131.0
3 Cone Drill: 6.82 Seconds
20 Yd Shuttle: 4.15 Seconds

Let’s compare those numbers to some of the well-known inside linebackers in today’s NFL.

Luke Kuechly, Carolina Panthers
Height: 6′ 3″
Weight: 242 lbs
Arms: 31″
Hands: 9 3/4″
40 Yard Dash: 4.58
Bench Press: 27
Vertical Jump: 38
Broad Jump: 123.0
3 Cone Drill: 6.92 Seconds
20 Yd Shuttle: 4.12 Seconds

Devin White, LSU
Height: 6′ 0″
Weight: 237 lbs
Arms: 32 1/8″
Hands: 9 3/4″
40 Yard Dash: 4.42
Bench Press: 22
Vertical Jump: 39.5
Broad Jump: 118.0
3 Cone Drill: 7.07 Seconds
20 Yd Shuttle: 4.17 Seconds

Bobby Wagner, Seattle Seahawks
Height: 6′ 0″
Weight: 242 lbs
Arms: 31″
Hands: 9 3/4″
40 Yard Dash: 4.46
Bench Press: 24
Vertical Jump: 39.5
Broad Jump: 132.0
3 Cone Drill: 7.03 Seconds
20 Yd Shuttle: 4.24 Seconds

We didn’t see too much of number 42 last season. We expected the Packers to make a play for ILB Devin Bush this draft, or at the least, grab Mack Wilson on day two. None of those happened.

That tells me that the team is banking on last year’s day-two pick, Oren Burks, to step into that role and inject that speed into Pettine’s defense.

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