2017 NFL Draft

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Kendric Burney

| | College: North Carolina
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Serving as a microcosm of the 2010 season for North Carolina, Kendric Burney's senior season began with so much promise -- second-team preseason All-America, Thorpe Award candidate -- but as a whole was a huge disappointment. He played in just five games (24 tackles, two PBUs, one INT), production that was a far cry from the five INT season he enjoyed as a junior to earn All-ACC honors. With 44 career starts, scouts are very familiar with Burney. His short stature will knock him to the middle rounds, but his quick feet, loose hips and ball skills (10 career INTs, including two returned for TDs) make him a quality nickel back candidate.


Positives: Savvy, experienced cornerback. Rarely out of position. Reacts to the body language of the receiver and is typically ready to turn and run deep - even against play-action. Quick to read run. Avoids the block of the receiver and is an active defender willing to mix it up with the big boys to make plays near the line of scrimmage. Has a low, smooth backpedal and fluid hips to turn either direction and keep up with the receiver. Changes direction fluidly. Willing to match up with bigger receivers. Competes for jump balls. Shows a late burst to the ball. Times leaps well to compete with bigger receivers. Good vertical leaper. Shows good hands for the interception. A natural with the ball in his hands, showing good vision, agility to elude and the speed to run away from the pack. Has returned two of his 10 career interceptions for touchdowns (76, 77 yards) and has 347 career interception return yards, which ranks second only to Duke's John Talley (395) in ACC history. Good athlete. Played baseball for North Carolina as a freshman.

Negatives: Might be too short to operate as anything more than a nickel or dime corner. Appears to have good but not great straight-line speed. Typically maintains the proper cushion, though he bites on double-moves. Generally a reliable cut-and-swipe tackler; he can get himself in trouble lunging in run support. Scouts would like to see him wrap his arms more securely around the ballcarrier. Has only marginal strength overall for the position and can get tied up when blockers get their hands on him.

2010 Season

Burney made 30 tackles and picked off two passes in six games in 2010 … He started 44 games at cornerback and had 11 career interceptions, which ranks seventh all-time at UNC. He finished his career with 358 interception return yards, which ranks second all-time in the ACC. Burney was a first-team All-ACC performer in 2009 and a second-team selection in 2008.

2009 Season

Started all 13 games in his third season as a starting cornerback … First-team All-ACC selection … Has started every game during his Carolina career (38) … Finished the season with 52 tackles, 5.5 tcakles for losses of 24 yards, one sack, five interceptionsfor 200 yards and a touchdown, three pass breakups and one fumble recovery … His 200 interception return yards are a single-season school record … Named by The Walter Camp Football Foundation as the National Defensive Player of the Week for his performance vs. Miami.

2008 Season

Had a terrific season with 78 tackles, 7.5 tackles for losses, three interceptions for 71 yards and five pass breakups … Started all 13 games at cornerback, averaging nearly 70 plays per game … Recorded seven tackles and had two tackles for losses, against West Virginia in the Meineke Car Care Bowl … Had nine tackles, including seven solo stops, in the 28-20 win at Duke … Posted seven tackles and 1.5 tackles for losses against NC State … Recorded eight tackles and broke up a pass at Maryland … Had one tackle against Georgia Tech's run-oriented offense … Posted eight tackles (all primary stops), intercepted two passes and broke up a pass in the 45-24 win over No. 23 Boston College … Returned his second interception of the game 37 yards to the BC 1-yard line where Carolina scored one play later … Had four tackles at Virginia.

Recorded four tackles in the win over Notre Dame … Had eight tackles and broke up two passes in Carolina's 38-12 win over No. 24 Connecticut … Made several key stops in Carolina's 28-24 win over Miami … Finished the game with seven tackles and a 2-yard tackle for loss … Solid effort vs. Virginia Tech with three solo tackles … Had six tackles, a key pass breakup in the second quarter and a 34-yard interception return at Rutgers … It was one of four interceptions for the Tar Heels against the Scarlet Knights … Was named by the coaches as one of the defensive players of the game for his performance at Rutgers … Posted five tackles, including one tackle for loss, in Carolina's season-opening win over McNeese State.

2007 Season

Started all 12 games at cornerback … Made 50 tackles, 4.5 tackles for losses, 1 sack, 1 interception and 4 pass breakups … Had six tackles, including two tackles for losses in the season finale win over Duke … Made three solo stops at Georgia Tech … Returned an interception 76 yards for a touchdown against NC State and added six tackles and a pass breakup against the Wolfpack … Had two tackles in the win over Maryland … Had three tackles, including his first career sack at Wake Forest … Made four tackles against South Carolina, including three solo stops … Had two tackles and a six-yard tackle for loss in the win over Miami … Posted three tackles at Virginia Tech … Recorded two tackles and had a pass breakup against No. 23 USF … Had a season-high 11 tackles, including 10 solo stops, vs. Virginia … Posted five tackles, including four solo stops, in the loss at ECU … One of 21 freshmen to see action in the Tar Heels' 37-14 victory over James Madison … Made his first career start against the Dukes and had three tackles and broke up a pass.

High School

Named to the North Carolina Associated Press All-State team in football and baseball … Considered the No. 17 football player in North Carolina by The Charlotte Observer … SuperPrep's 25th-ranked player in North Carolina … Member of North Carolina's Shrine Bowl team … Rushed for 1,345 yards and scored 16 touchdowns from the quarterback position as a senior … Also threw for 478 yards … Started at quarterback and defensive back … Averaged 10 tackles per game and finished as the school's career interception leader with 25 … Helped lead Southwest Onslow to 2-A state titles in 2003 and 2004 … Team finished 10-3 in 2005 and advanced to the second round of the playoffs … Also played wide receiver … Coached by Phil Padgett … A three-sport (football, baseball, basketball) star in high school … Batted 424 (28 of 66) as a junior with 10 doubles, four home runs and 15 RBI … Made 14 appearances as a pitcher and was 3-0 with two saves and a 1.24 ERA … Coached by Eric Leary in baseball … Attended the same high school as former North Carolina All-America Marcus Jones.


Son of Monica and Tyrone Burney … Born February 14, 1988 … Communications major … Would most like to appear on the reality TV show "Real World/Road Rules" … Has two tattoos, a cross and a Tiger … Favorite cartoon character is Bugs Bunny … People say he looks like Chris Rock … Began playing football at age 8 … Played on the UNC baseball team as a freshman … Nickname is "Golden Child" … Favorite TV show is "CSI: Miami" … Favorite NFL team is the Baltimore Ravens … Before a game he makes sure to talk to his parents.


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