4. Terrell Burgess, Utah
Another free safety prospect to consider is one that’s not getting the attention he should, but that could be due to him being a late-bloomer. Terrell Burgess played four seasons at Utah but didn’t become a full-time starter until his final year.
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Of course, part of the reason for that could be due to the way Utah has stockpiled talent in the secondary. Lance Zierlein of NFL.com points out that Burgess comes from a school that fields a lot of skill in the defensive backfield and praises the talent and versatility that Burgess has.
"“Utah is known for developing defensive talent and Burgess is the latest success story to emerge from the program. The cornerback-turned-safety plays with uncommon discipline and field vision despite just a single season as full-time starter. Teams love his versatility and ability to play nickel, but matchups against speed could cause some issues. He plays with good instincts and closing burst from high safety looks but doesn’t have the striking ability to concern targets working the middle. Burgess’ versatility, athleticism and feel for pathways to tackles in run support could make him a valuable middle-round pick with a chance to find the field early on in a variety of roles.” — Zierlein, NFL.com"
Zierlein also compared Burgess to Damarious Randall, who was the starting free safety the past two seasons with the Browns before heading to the Raiders this year. If that comparison were to hold true, Cleveland could be well off considering Randall did have some success early in his time with the Browns.