THE ROAD TO THE DRAFT
Kendric Burney, CB, North Carolina
5-foot-9, 186 pounds
Draft projection: fourth or fifth round
Lowdown: Burney projects as a nickel or dime cornerback in the pros. He plays better than he tests. He made 44 starts in his Tar Heels career and had 11 interceptions. He had to sit out the first six games of the 2010 season for receiving improper benefits. He wound up with two interceptions in six games. In 2009 he had five INTs and was first-team all-Atlantic Coast Conference. He could be a value pick for any team, like the Bills, looking for cornerback depth on the third day. He didn't run well at the combine - 4.71 seconds. But he has good feet and can play Cover 2. He was good enough in baseball to play for the Tar Heels in that sport, as well, as a freshman.
He played well in Senior Bowl practices. Said Burney: "The Senior Bowl is probably the best experiences I've had as far as football. You know, playing at North Carolina you play with a lot of great guys.
Going up against that receiving crew, the Boise boys, the boy from San Diego State is going to be a sleeper, was a good experience. On the first day they came out and you had to get a feel for them. Being around the coaches and learning that NFL scheme was a great experience that will carry onto the draft."