Cowboys 30 hits scouting report: Arkansas WR Treylon Burks

The Dallas Cowboys’ 30 pre-draft visits have been a strong indicator of where they’ll be headed in April, and so far two of the five confirmed visits are wide receivers. The team must explore all avenues to deal with the pass infraction now that they are without Amari Cooper and Cedrick Wilson. James Washington is Dallas’ only outside signing at receiver, but Arkansas’ Treylon Burks was their first visit in 30 before the draft.

Burks averaged over 16 yards per catch in three seasons with the Razorbacks, topping 1,000 yards with 11 touchdowns this year. Catching more than five passes in a game just nine times in his career, Burks’ best plays come off the script, but he has the long speed to make a game-changing play on any reception.

WR Treylon Burks: Highlights

Burks’ Combine tests confirmed his tape, but did little to show his best traits as a contested wide receiver. Easily hooking the ball at the high point with incredibly soft hands, Burks uses his large frame to box defenders at the point of capture.

What Burks lacks in lower body flexibility, he makes up for in shoulder strength and fluidity to create space. With the ball in his hands, Burks moves up the field quickly and is quick to reach top speed. His 40-yard sprint time of 4.55 paired with a 7.28-second three-cone was disappointing, but Arkansas was still using Burks as a gimmick player out of the backfield and on screen passes.

A willful run blocker who isn’t afraid to throw his body or run roads down the middle, Burks is a physical receiver with excellent run after catching ability.

WR Treylon Burks: Weaknesses

Burks’ lack of suddenness makes it easy for defenders to stick with him in coverage. This is a receiver that does little to win the line of scrimmage, without the quick footwork to sell inside routes.

Burks isn’t a very sharp road runner either, taking wide angles that allow coverage to close in. While his 33.5-inch arm length is a plus, Burks’ hand strength for striking and creating separation is below average.

WR Treylon Burks: Summary

Burks is far from the potential Cowboys replacement for Amari Cooper, but he can fill other roles. With CeeDee Lamb entering the WR1 spot and Gallup expected to play a bigger role, the Cowboys need a receiver to make the unscripted plays.

Finding out late in a game, winning on scrambling drills and passing coverage are all Michael Gallup strengths the Cowboys could similarly complement with Burks. With Lamb, Gallup and Washington, the Cowboys wouldn’t have to ask too much of Burks in the first year, but could immediately see the benefit of creating more explosive plays on short-to-mid passes.

Not expected to come close to the Cowboys’ second-round pick, Burks should be the best remaining prospect for Dallas at No. 24. While that sounds a bit of a stretch, there’s no denying that Burks’ next team is getting a raw playmaker with very high potential.

Amanda J. Marsh