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Green Bay Packers Use 3rd Round Pick on Ga. Tech S Burnett


NEW YORK, NY (WTAQ) - The Green Bay Packers moved up and used a 3rd round pick (71st overall) on Georgia Tech S Morgan Burnett. The Packers made a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles to land the pick for their 3rd round (86th overall) and 4th round (122nd overall) selections.

As a senior at Georgia Tech, the 6'1" 209 pound Burnett made 85 tackles, 48 solos and four interceptions. His 14 career interceptions rank second in Yellow Jacket history. His 235 career tackles are the eighth-most by a defensive back in school history.

According to the NFL.com scouting report, Burnett has been extremely productive for the Yellow Jackets over the past two seasons. He is very active in both run support as well as defending the pass but also misses too many opportunities due to lack of effort, angles and proper tackling techniques. Burnett has good size and athleticism for the safety position which makes him effective in combination man and zone coverage’s. He is an instinctive player but takes too many chances which make him vulnerable to big plays at times. Burnett can bend to shed and ward off blockers but again is inconsistent in this area. His ball skills are good and show the ability to make plays in traffic. Burnett is a solid safety prospect that has some inconsistencies in his play that may concern some clubs in this year’s draft.