Linebacker Brian Burns Highlights Panthers 2019 NFL Draft Class


Brian Burns

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Seeking to improve the front end of its defense, the Panthers selected 6-foot-5, 250-pound defensive end Brian Burns as its first-round pick, 16th overall, in the 2019 NFL Draft. Burns, who played both defensive end and linebacker at Florida State University (FSU), registered 24 quarterback sacks during three years with the team. He finished eighth in the nation last season with 10 sacks. His total of 9.5 in 2016 was the most recorded by a freshman at FSU in almost 40 years. He also had a conference-leading 15.5 tackles for a loss last season.

Carolina Panthers used the next two selections to bolster its offensive depth by adding tackle Greg Little and quarterback Will Grier, the latter of whom finished fourth in Heisman Trophy voting in 2018 after recording 37 touchdowns and 3,864 yards passing. The Panthers also drafted linebacker Christian Miller, running back Jordan Scarlett, tackle Dennis Daley, and wide receiver Terry Godwin.