Draft Profile: BioJermaine Burton transferred from IMG academy to Calabasas High School after his sophomore year. There he helped lead the Coyotes to a 10-3 record as a junior while making 40 receptions for 863 yards and 14 touchdowns, averaging 71.9 yards per game and a team-high 21.6 yards per catch. As a result, he was named to the USA Today 2018 All-USA California First Team offense.
Burton was selected to participate in the Under Armour All-America Game following the 2019 season and was subsequently awarded a 4-star.rating from both ESPN and 247Sports Burton opted to join home-town Georgia after being heavily recruited where in 2020 as a freshman Burton saw action in 10 games for the Bulldogs as he made 27 receptions for 404 yards for an average of 15.0 yards per reception, with 3 TDs, and a QB rating when targeted of just 57.4.
As a sophomore in 2021 he was part of a crowded wide receiver group and got fewer targets than expected - as a result in a year when a breakout was predicted the results were underwhelming - he played in 14 games and had 26 catches for 497 yards for an average of 19.1 yards per catch, with 5 TDs, and a much-improved QB rating when targeted of 144.4. At season's end, he opted to transfer to Alabama sensing a chance to become a star working with the Tide's Bryce Young.
Scouting Report: Strengths
- Burton accelerates quickly and possesses elite straight-line speed. He shows solid ball-tracking skills and body control downfield, able to adjust to the off-target throw. Ran a 4.43 just after high school - he's even faster now
- He has a solid athletic frame at 6'0 and 200lbs - thrives on physicality, he’s a contested-catch specialist with a knack for warding off defenders while the ball is in the air. He has strong hands and the ability to wrestle the ball away from defenders.
- Great in jump ball situations - tracks the deep pass well and has instinctive timing on his vertical jumps
- He fights his way off the line of scrimmage against press coverage, showing quick, violent hands and good balance.
- Has elite balance tight-roping the sideline and in-and-out of his breaks, showing excellent start-stop ability and burst.
- He has reliable hands and shows the willingness to make catches in traffic over the middle.
- Burton combines good speed with his size, and he accelerates off the line better than most 200lb receivers.
- He is a willing blocker and can clear a path for backs on sweeps through the secondary
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
- He’ll have to develop a better feel for sitting down against zone coverage.
- Under performed at Georgia - whether this is due to lack of playing time or something more intrinsic is unknown
- Has only been asked to run a limited route tree - he'll likely get a chance to develop this at Alabama
- Isn't great at making defenders miss and isn't as explosive as you hope for when he has the ball in his hands - more of a straight-line runner
- Does not always use his hands to secure deep throws, allowing the ball into his pads and chest. This is mainly an issue with focus and could be cleaned up with coaching
Scouting Report: SummaryJermaine Burton will be one of the most watched players in 2022 having transferred to the wide receiver factory that is Alabama. He has elite speed along with a powerful frame combined with strong soft hands.
Burton will be playing in the Alabama offense led by Bryce Young and if he makes the most of the opportunity and puts up the kind of numbers that previous Crimson Tide receivers have (Jameson Williams and John Metchie) - expect him to be an easy first-round selection in the 2023 NFL Draft.
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