S Terrell Burgess (Utah – Rookie)
Terrell Burgess was one of my favorite defensive back prospects in the 2020 Class. A standout and versatile defensive back, Burgess really caught my eyes when I was at the Senior Bowl back in January, when he showed very solid coverage skills against not just running backs and tight ends, but wide receivers.
Burgess posted good numbers at the combine, including a 4.46 forty-yard-dash, and at 6-foot-1 and 202-pounds he has excellent size. He’ll use every bit of it in the NFL, where he will rotate in several positions for the Rams secondary.
At Utah, he was one of several standout defensive backs. Burgess played in the backfield with Julian Blackmon, Jaylon Johnson, and Javelin Guildry. I think that he lost points in the eyes of NFL evaluators initially because the rest of the defense was so good.
Burgess can play as both a slot cornerback as well as a deep safety, but I do believe his best role is more as a rover safety – one that plays closer to the line. Burgess is an excellent tackler. He thrives looking for contact. With the necessity for a good nickel defensive back in the NFL these days, I think that Burgess is the perfect player to fit that role on this defense, and he’s going to thrive.