Brian Burns
No. 53 – Carolina Panthers
Position:Outside linebacker
Personal information
Born: (1998-04-23) April 23, 1998 (age 22)
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
High school:American Heritage (Plantation, Florida)
College:Florida State
NFL Draft:2019 / Round: 1 / Pick: 16
Career history
* Carolina Panthers ( 2019–present)
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
* First team All-ACC (2018)
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Brian Burns (born April 23, 1998) is an American football outside linebacker for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Florida State.

Early yearsEdit

Burns attended American Heritage School, where he played high school football. Over his junior and senior seasons, he had 135 tackles and 28 sacks combined and helped his team win state titles. Burns played in the 2016 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.[1] He committed to Florida State University to play college football.[2][3]

College careerEdit

As a freshman at Florida State in 2016, Burns played in all 13 games and led all freshman in the country with 9.5 sacks.[4] As a sophomore in 2017, he started all 13 games and had 48 tackles and 4.5 sacks.[5][6][7] As a junior in 2018, Burns started all 12 games, recording 52 tackles and 10 sacks. After the season, Burns decided to forego his senior year and enter the 2019 NFL Draft.[8][9]

College statisticsEdit

Florida State Seminoles
Year Class Position GP Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
Solo Ast Total Loss Sack Int Yards Avg TD PD FR Yards TD FF
2016 Freshman DE 8 14 9 23 9.5 8.5 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2017 Sophomore DE 13 26 22 48 13.5 4.5 0 0 0.0 0 4 1 0 0 3
2018 Junior DE 12 31 21 52 15.5 10.0 0 0 0.0 0 3 1 0 0 3

Professional careerEdit

Pre-draft measureables
Ht WtArm lengthHand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP<th>Wonderlic</th>
6 ft 5⅛ in 249 lb33⅞ in10 in 4.53 s 1.54 s 2.62 s 4.4 s 7.01 s 36.0 in 10 ft 9 in <td align="center">22</td>

Burns was drafted by the Carolina Panthers with the 16th overall pick in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft.[10]

Personal lifeEdit

Burns' older brother, Stanley, was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the seventh round of the 2006 NFL draft.[11][12]


  1. American Heritage football star Brian Burns named to U.S. Army All-American Bowl
  2. Maks, Patrick. "American Heritage star Brian Burns picks Florida State".
  3. "Five-star DE Burns commits to Florida State".
  4. Deen, Safid. "FSU coaches believe Brian Burns has NFL first-round potential".
  5. Weiler, Curt. "Brian Burns growing into role as leader on Florida State defense".
  6. "Brian Burns looking to thrive in Florida State’s new-look defense". https://tampabay.comundefined/.
  7. Deen, Safid. "FSU's Brian Burns takes Myles Garrett comparison in stride, prepares for breakout year".
  8. "Florida State DE Burns to enter NFL draft". December 3, 2018.
  9. Dec 3, A. P.; ET, 2018 at 3:54p (December 3, 2018). "Florida State defensive end Brian Burns declares for draft".
  10. Powell, Chaunte'l. "FSU standout Brian Burns selected in first round of NFL Draft by Carolina Panthers". Retrieved 26 April 2019.
  11. "Brian Burns on joining Panthers: "It's blowing my mind"".
  12. "Emotional Stanley McClover was ready for Panthers to draft brother Brian Burns".

External linksEdit

Template:2019 NFL Draft


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