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Burfict from yellow flags to red ones?

Posted on: February 27, 2012 10:38 am
Edited on: February 27, 2012 10:50 am
 
Over the weekend in Indy, I spoke to a few NFL scouts and assistants about some draft hopefuls. I'm not sure any player here sparked a worse reaction than Vontaze Burfict. Seems the Arizona State linebacker has gone from being plagued by yellow flags to eliciting red ones now. 


"I wouldn't touch him," said one scout. "He does have some talent, but he is so undisciplined on and off the field. The guy is completely out of control. There's no way you could trust him. I can't believe they (ASU coaching staff) didn't cut him loose."

Burfict, who measured in at 6-feet-3, 248 pounds (about 12 under his playing weight this season, he said), has received a lot of hype over his college career. Much of it stemmed from some of his thunderous hits, but it was his recklessness that also dogged him and the Sun Devils from his first season at ASU to his last. He was selected to some all-American teams as a sophomore in 2010, but didn't even earn All-Pac-12 honors in 2011 before he opted to enter the draft as a junior, when he made just 69 tackles on a team that many thought would win at least 10 games but instead finished just 6-7.

“I played average,” Burfict explained to reporters in Indy. “I could've played better. That's what hurt me at times. The coaches kind of messed me up. I didn't know if I would start a game or be benched. It hurt me, but I tried to fight through it.”

NFL personnel folks cringe when they hear a player publicly put some of the blame on his coaches.

"You just scratch your head at some of the knucklehead things he does on tape," said one NFL coach. "It was the same thing over and over and over again with him. He seemed to personify why that team always seemed to underachieve."

One of things Burfict was asked about by the media in Indy was his role in a rumored locker-room fight with an ASU wideout. Burfict confirmed the incident, adding that he wished it never happened.

“We're not supposed to hit each other in seven-on-seven,” Burfict said. “We had an argument, and we brought it into the locker room. We started chattering about it. He started rough-housing me. He pushed me, and my first instinct was to swing. And everyone thinks I’m the bad guy because my first instinct was to swing on the guy.”

The draft is always full of "boom-or-bust" guys. That's Burfict, although because he's had so many issues, he'll probably be less of a risk since few people project him as such a high draft pick any more.
Category: NFL Draft
Comments

Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: February 28, 2012 3:14 pm
 

Burfict from yellow flags to red ones?

Yeah I'd like to see him take a swing at Ray Lewis or Jerome Harrison. 



Since: Sep 23, 2008
Posted on: February 28, 2012 1:20 pm
 

Burfict from yellow flags to red ones?

Agree 100%...he would never get away with his shenanigans in a Ravens or Steelers locker room.




Since: Mar 19, 2009
Posted on: February 28, 2012 9:23 am
 

Burfict from yellow flags to red ones?

T.O. Will be giving him a call soon. " C'mon down to Texas. You can be a star in our league ".



Since: Dec 22, 2006
Posted on: February 28, 2012 9:14 am
 

Burfict from yellow flags to red ones?

Oops! He ran a 5.09 40. Slower than EVERY LB. Slower than 3/4 of DL. Poor jumps too. He's not explosive. Maurice Clarett was a hyped up thug too. Then, people saw him run. This is the NFL. He's not fast enough. I just hope he's not drinking the Goose too.




Since: Jun 17, 2009
Posted on: February 28, 2012 9:05 am
 

Burfict from yellow flags to red ones?

Raiders......



Since: Dec 18, 2007
Posted on: February 28, 2012 7:49 am
 

Burfict from yellow flags to red ones?

Go directly to jail! Do not get drafted, do not seek work, do anti social things, always!



Since: May 12, 2011
Posted on: February 27, 2012 7:10 pm
 

Burfict from yellow flags to red ones?

He is unblockable. He tackles you and you go down. He will hit you when you are not ready, he plays the game the way a boxer goes about a match. He is hard to coach and if you get under his skin, he is impossible to control. He is the kind of guy that every fan wants on their defense, he is also the kind of guy that every coach hates to deal with. I would draft him, because he is the meanest player in the draft. He is the anti-tebow.



Since: Feb 27, 2012
Posted on: February 27, 2012 5:12 pm
 

Burfict from yellow flags to red ones?

This kid has major character concerns, no doubt, but if you could get him to hone his aggressive/violent nature to use it between the whistles only, he could be a fearsome middle linebacker for years!

If he landed at a team with veteran leadership there is no reason to think the coaches and players couldnt straighten him out!

I would like the Saints to take a late round flyer on him! Joe Vitt the linebackers coach would soon show him who the boss is!



Since: Mar 5, 2008
Posted on: February 27, 2012 4:08 pm
 

Burfict from yellow flags to red ones?

This kid needs to get drafted to a team with strong veteran leadership like the Ravens or Steelers for example.  Lewis/Suggs or Harrison/Polamalu would keep his a$$ in line!




Since: Feb 27, 2012
Posted on: February 27, 2012 2:59 pm
 

Burfict from yellow flags to red ones?

I was certainly happy to see Burfict pass on his senior year and move on to oblivion. He personified what has been wrong
with Sun Devil football under Dennis Erickson. Burfict is simply a street thug.
We wish Todd Graham well. We expect him restore our program with discipline and
class. Live Frank Kush!



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