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CB Denzel Burke (Official Thread)

Discussion in 'Buckeye Football' started by HotMic, Jan 27, 2020.

  1. HotMic

    HotMic Mr. so-and-so Staff Member BP Recruiting Team

  2. Smudger

    Smudger #ImYourHuckleberry Staff Member BP Recruiting Team 2x BP FBB Champ '14 NFL Pick'em Champ Former FF The Deuce Champ Former Hockey Champ Former FF Keeper Champ ‘18 Premier League Champ

  3. HotMic

    HotMic Mr. so-and-so Staff Member BP Recruiting Team

  4. Buckeye86

    Buckeye86 I do not choose to discuss it

  5. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    “Thin build with long arms and projectable frame. Should take good on weight over next few years. Fluid athlete that could thrive on offense or defense. Very good ball skills. Dynamic receiver with quickness to explode out of his breaks. Sets up defenders well to gain separation after the catch. Speed makes him a threat to score from anywhere. Decent in coverage as a defender with fluidity to stick to wideouts. Must improve physicality and durability. Potential multi-year starter and NFL Draft Day 3 selection.”

    Burke has already turned heads in spring practice after enrolling early this January, which is especially impressive coming off of season-ending shoulder surgery. Ohio State’s plan was always for the dynamic athlete to play cornerback in Columbus, and according to defensive backs coach Matt Barnes, Burke was ahead of schedule is his transition to becoming a full-time corner. Barnes lauded his footwork and patience that have helped the young DB succeed in press-man coverage and other schemes the OSU defense will ask of him, and the increased reps with Sevyn Banks out this spring certainly couldn’t have hurt.

    “Not that we’re surprised, but I am to a degree just kind of blown away by how far along he looks at times,” Barnes told “Now, he’s still got a long way to go — don’t get me wrong. But he looks pretty natural in there.”

    Ohio State definitely needs to improve in the secondary this season, and maybe Burke will get a chance to play a role in that improvement in year one. There are a ton of guys in that room fighting for spots on the field, as in addition to Banks the roster still includes the likes of Cam Brown (notably coming off an achilles injury) and Marcus Williamson as well as second-year players like Ryan Watts, Lejond Cavazos and Cam Martinez. It is a position group crowded with talent, but none of them have proven themselves just yet and experience is lacking across the board.

    Somewhere in there are three productive starting Ohio State cornerbacks, and while I don't think Burke will work his way to the top of the depth chart in year one, I certainly wouldn’t rule out him playing a role in some kind of rotation that sees him taking snaps outside of just garbage time. Barnes and defensive coordinator Kerry Coombs are tasked with making significant improvements in the back half of the Buckeye defense, and maybe Burke and the rest of this injection of youth are exactly what the OSU secondary needs to return back to its dominant ways.
  6. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    Burke, as a first-year Ohio State cornerback who’s newer to the position than Hancock and Johnson, isn’t expected to be counted on in a big way this fall. But he showed enough early signs to impress his new position coach, Matt Barnes, who’ll count on him down the line.

    “It's actually uncanny how natural he does a lot of things at corner for not having played there very much,” Barnes said in April. “I don't know if it's 7-on-7 development or he just had a trainer or somebody he worked with, but he does a lot of things naturally very well. It's been fun to watch. He has elite footwork and patience that you don't see from many people regardless of their age but particularly a young guy. To sit at the line of scrimmage and have the patience that he has to play press technique and some other techniques, he looks seasoned. I'll put it that way.

    “Not that we're surprised, but I am to a degree – just kind of blown away by how far along he looks at times. Now, he's still got a long way to go, don't get me wrong. But he looks pretty natural in there. We're really excited about him.”
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  7. Dryden

    Dryden Sober as Sarkisian Staff Member Tech Admin

  8. RB07OSU

    RB07OSU #7 aka Vick the human joystick Staff Member BP Recruiting Team

    Once Burke settles in at CB, I think he's going to be a star here. So much athleticism and instinct, sounds like he's coming along great though.
  9. pnuts34

    pnuts34 Drunk off of wolverine tears

    Early enrolling helped
  10. NFBuck

    NFBuck Total Coverage.

    Based on what I saw last night, looks like Denzel is the net great Buckeye CB. Thrust into a starting role and looked like he belonged.
  11. buchtelgrad04

    buchtelgrad04 Pain is an opinion.

    No question. He’s gone in 3.
    Honor&Glory and Jaxbuck like this.
  12. Bill Lucas

    Bill Lucas Senior

    Yep. His early experience will pay big dividends later.
    pnuts34 and ShowMeBuck like this.
  13. pnuts34

    pnuts34 Drunk off of wolverine tears

    Just like with Okudah... and Conley... and Apple
    OHSportsFan, Thump and DaBuckeyes like this.
  14. Buckeneye

    Buckeneye I lead, you follow.

    Kid is the real deal. Hip sink is natural and fluid, quick feet, decent wingspan and smooth laterally.

    The next great one.
  15. buckeyes_rock

    buckeyes_rock Great day to be a Buckeye

    Gonna be special. Who's the last true freshman to start the season at CB?
    OH2NC likes this.

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