Stripe Hype Player Preview: Vontaze Burfict

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Then the season ended and he announced he was turning pro.

Despite his disastrous junior season, Burfict entered the pre-draft process still regarded as one of the top defensive players and a first-round talent. During his NFL Combine, he ran an unofficial 5.09-40, with a 30.0in vertical. As if things weren’t bad enough, he also tested positive for Marijuana during the pre-draft process.

Despite this,’s official Combine Tracker gave him an 84.7 overall grading. To put things into perspective, Dre Kirkpatrick received a rating of a 92, and Kevin Zeitler received an 85.

After a subpar combine and a failed drug test, he’d gone from a 1st-round pick to an undraftable player. Then the Bengals signed him after the draft. He cited a relationship with Marvin Lewis as the reason why he chose the Bengals. Now he’s on the team and if he keeps on the straight and narrow, is expected to at least make the roster next year. His talent is immense and his potential is only surpassed by the sky above him. Its viewed as a low-risk, high-reward move.

Clearly, some people believe there is still a lot of raw talent in Burfict waiting to be harnessed.  Can he find a way to use it properly and under control for the Bengals is the question.


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