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Despite red flags, Burfict is expected to go in round seven

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It has been a rough year for former Arizona State linebacker Vontaze Burfict.  But even with the latest problem for Burfict, who reportedly failed the drug test at the Scouting Combine, he’s not expected to go undrafted.

The thinking is, per a league source, that his talent and potential will prompt someone to throw a seventh-round pick in Burfict’s direction in order to secure dibs on trying to see if he can be turned around.

Burfict has developed a reputation for being a hothead on and off the field, and he had rough times both at the Scouting Combine and at his Pro Day workout.  Even if he’s not drafted, the addition of 10 offseason roster spots per team guarantees he’ll get a chance to catch someone’s attention.  What he does with that opportunity will be up to him.

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36 Responses to “Despite red flags, Burfict is expected to go in round seven”
  1. 4thquartermagic says: Apr 27, 2012 3:18 PM

    I love that picture.
    Looks like s scene from “Any Given Sunday.”

    They call me Willie….

  2. rc33 says: Apr 27, 2012 3:18 PM

    Great news for Burfict!
    He’ll go slightly higher than me.

  3. mike bonserio says: Apr 27, 2012 3:18 PM

    I would take a chance on him for a 7th round draft pick…. Low risk, high reward if you think about it. He was a 1st/2nd rd pick before the combine.

  4. paulsmith107 says: Apr 27, 2012 3:18 PM

    I hope Dallas gets him

  5. petehemlock says: Apr 27, 2012 3:19 PM

    He can go with Greg Williams to the IFL.

  6. pesh00 says: Apr 27, 2012 3:20 PM

    Mr. Irrelevant?

  7. bearsrulepackdrool says: Apr 27, 2012 3:22 PM

    (in my Chris Berman voice) The Raaaaaiddeeers!

  8. gtorlone says: Apr 27, 2012 3:23 PM

    This guy would’ve been better off faking an injury and not participating in the combine or a pro day. He’d probably come off the board today. Because as many teams have demonstrated in the past, they don’t care all too much about failed drug tests.

  9. bearsrulepackdrool says: Apr 27, 2012 3:23 PM

    Man those pitchforks on the side of your helmet really, really isn’t helping.

  10. bangitfootball says: Apr 27, 2012 3:24 PM

    Burfict dosent fit into the new nicer, friendlier dont tackle too hard NFL

  11. weightshakes says: Apr 27, 2012 3:24 PM

    He may get picked in the 7th round if he isn’t arrested between now and then.

    I’m actually surprised the Redskins didn’t use the 2nd pick in the draft on him.

  12. cali49er707 says: Apr 27, 2012 3:25 PM

    The thinking is, per a league source, that his talent and potential will prompt someone to throw a seventh-round pick in Burfict’s direction in order to secure dibs on trying to see if he can be turned around.

    ohhhh i love dibs……. those little chocolate covered balls with vanilla ice cream in the middle!!!! ohhh man throw a couple dibs this way vontaze!!!

  13. babyhorsemorgan says: Apr 27, 2012 3:26 PM

    Three rounds higher than Mike Mayock. :)

  14. daysend564 says: Apr 27, 2012 3:29 PM

    I’d toss out a 6th for him. If he fails, so would the other guy you are likely drafting. Why not.

  15. ingraven says: Apr 27, 2012 3:30 PM

    Why do I feel like he will STILL find a way to mess this up?

  16. bucforever says: Apr 27, 2012 3:31 PM

    His early film on youtube was awesome! He showed real energy and fire and was all over the field. I hope some team can reactivate that raw talent and put it to good use for this young man’s sake. His agent maybe should offer some incentives to the team that takes a chance on him.

  17. jgrange08 says: Apr 27, 2012 3:32 PM

    I feel like that is the only photographic evidence we have that Vontaze Burfict actually exists

  18. cush2push says: Apr 27, 2012 3:34 PM

    Heard seattle has him in round 2

  19. peytonsneck18 says: Apr 27, 2012 3:38 PM

    Prove yourself, u might be Mr illrelevant this year, ,a normal 7th rounder is bout right for him, he’ll be a special teamer

  20. buckybadger says: Apr 27, 2012 3:41 PM

    He will be gone long before that. Undraftable is a media buzz word which pretty much means no one will put a first or second on you. He is worth even a 4th. If he messes up cut him, no big deal. He will be gone before the 7th.

  21. mataug says: Apr 27, 2012 3:42 PM

    Talent always supersedes character… in the NFL

  22. pooflingingmonkey says: Apr 27, 2012 3:46 PM

    here’s his chance to show the world just how talented he is! Will he succeed? I doubt it.

  23. dugganmt says: Apr 27, 2012 3:48 PM

    Screw it, I love that picture of him. I would be happy with him doing that to every quarterback the Redskins face. Take him in the 7th!

  24. thebiblestudent says: Apr 27, 2012 3:50 PM

    Hello, Mr. Irrelevant. Welcome to Indianapolis.

  25. briang123 says: Apr 27, 2012 3:50 PM

    I can’t help but think if Burfict was white, he’d be called a tough player with a mean streak. Instead, he is referred to as angry, which is code for you know what.

  26. granadafan says: Apr 27, 2012 3:56 PM

    Anyone who watched Pac-10/12 football knows what a joke Burfict is. He had great playmaking ability, but his out of control rage makes him a liablity on the team. Think Suh with only 1/3 of the talent.

  27. skin94249 says: Apr 27, 2012 3:58 PM

    Redskins

  28. falconsfan says: Apr 27, 2012 4:08 PM

    Welcome to the Saints, where nobody knows dysfunction better!

  29. kinggw says: Apr 27, 2012 4:17 PM

    I would have no problem if the Skins took a flyer on Burfict in the 5th round or later. With London Fletcher in his last year(s) the Skins need to find someone else to pair alongside Perry Riley for the future. Im fairly certain Bryan Kehl isnt the long term answer.

    I refuse to write off a 21 year old kid whose biggest problem is immaturity. He failed a drug test and he got into a fight with a teammate. After reading reports about his off the field problems you’d have thought he’d been arrested several times. He never has. Burfict would benefit by working with a guy like Fletcher who would show him what it takes to be a professional and have a long productive career.

    Although I can understand why character concerns have forced teams to drop him on their board, I would still take a chance on him. Navorro Bowman also had problems with marijuana and “off the field issues” how is he working out for the Niners? The goal is to find a linebacker, not a boy scout.

  30. 69firebird says: Apr 27, 2012 4:20 PM

    But florio, you said just a few days ago he would go undrafted. I guess if you play both sides of the coin you will get it right. Great journalism. BREAKING NEWS… Unnamed sources Report that either obama or Romney will be the next president!

  31. deathtoromo says: Apr 27, 2012 4:33 PM

    Perfect Raven. You are issued a knife and a lawyer upon being drafted there.

  32. fmlizard says: Apr 27, 2012 4:56 PM

    Best case, the next Bryan Cox – a step-slow, 10 rep benching guy that gets by on rage and guile.

    Worst case, the next Maurice Clarett. He washes out in a ball of fire and is never heard from again, like many late rounders.

    I think that proposition warrants a 6th or 7th rounder.

  33. drexelvol says: Apr 27, 2012 5:08 PM

    Where did you have him going in your Round 7 Mock Draft, Mike?

  34. therealtrenches says: Apr 27, 2012 5:13 PM

    Someone will draft him earlier than 7. This might have Eagles written all over it.

    Over the course of Reid’s regime, they’ve gone from being…

    a. (1999 – 2003): a team with nothing but “character guys,”

    b. (2004 – 2009…or the present depending on your point of view) to being a “a team with a positive culture where players with character issues could rehab their image.”

    Some might go a step further and describe them as

    c. (2009 – the present) a team that simply has had character issues because of people like Vick, Asante “get paid but don’t hit anyone” Samuel, and D-Jax.

    Whether “c” is reality or not, they still fancy themselves as “b,” and might decide that they can bring him in and turn him into a man.

  35. wludford says: Apr 27, 2012 5:45 PM

    If he’s there for the Vikings with their last 7th round compensatory pick, what the hell…

  36. raiderapologist says: Apr 27, 2012 6:34 PM

    bearsrulepackdrool says: Apr 27, 2012 3:22 PM

    (in my Chris Berman voice) The Raaaaaiddeeers!

    Oakland definitely needs linebackers, but with only five picks and many holes to fill, McKenzie can’t afford to take a flier on this clown.

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