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Lorenzo Burns prepares for NFL draft with expert advice – Press Telegram

Lorenzo Burns will be joining this month’s NFL draft, but there’s still some proof. He has a small cornerback, 5 feet-10 pounds and 183 pounds. As a graduate student, he played only five games on the Arizona team. The Arizona team went 0-5 at the Pac-12 conference, with less than half the athlete’s chances. Coast and Big 12 Conference.

However, Burns has one edge, and probably a fairly important edge. A resident of Murrieta has been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame with a former NFL star and has seen first-hand how the NFL team does business long before he himself became a prospect.

Burns played for his father, Daechon Burns, at Linfield Christian High School in Temecula. Prior to settling in high school coaching work in 2013, DeChon was part of the game’s top-level coach carousel. Daecheon, a USC cornerback who played in the same secondary as future pros Mark Carrier and Ernest Spears in 1989 and was a member of the Rose Bowl winner, suffered a serious neck injury in 1990. I finished my playing career in August.

It turned his career track into a coaching career and led him to UTEP, the University of Texas at Elderly, the University of Florida, and the NFL’s Washington and San Francisco. And some of Daechon’s NFL coaches and college players have become Lorenzo’s unofficial advisors.

For example, like Darrell Green, the NFL Hall of Fame cornerback, Daechon coached while working in Washington. Or Kurt Barber, former New York Jets linebacker USC DeChon teammate, or Rubidoux High School DeChon teammate DB Anthony Prior, who played for six seasons with Jets, Vikings, and Raiders in the NFL.

“That is, if I said it wasn’t useful and useless, I would be lying,” Daechon said. “He has a code. It’s not a cheat code, but he has some inside information … we wanted to take him out and train with Darrell, so he’s Darrell. I had the opportunity to have a conversation with Green and a meaningful conversation. It’s a powerful way to understand being a professional and how to behave in training. “

Lorenzo was old enough to play with the children of other players and coaches around the training camp when his father was in Washington. As he grew older, he asked why the team moved. When he became a hired athlete, he leveraged Daechon’s knowledge of what college coaches and college programs are looking for.

“I think he has benefited a lot in understanding what the process will be like,” said Daechon. “I haven’t had a better experience of living it in life yet … If you understand it, you know how to prepare it, right?”

The draft preparation changes scheduled for April 29th to May 1st in Cleveland may have disappointed Lorenzo, but only a little.

After Pro Day on March 17, he said, “I think I was a little worried.” “I was confident in my skill set and what to wear, so I wanted to do it. Field … It was finally completed, and it was a heavy burden on my shoulders. But it wasn’t stress. I enjoyed every moment of it. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience and I’m glad I could even reach it so far. “

The combine harvester in late February, the “Truck Meet” that Burns agent Derrick Fox was irreverently equipped with, was cancelled. Shuttle drills, etc.) have been postponed to various pro days on campus. But that also means that there weren’t many job interviews at one site, including 32 general managers and their HR managers, scouts, team doctors, and trainers. did.

Some discussions, albeit remote, took place in connection with the postseason All-Star games. Burns attended the Hula Bowl in Honolulu and had the opportunity to have a long conversation with one of the game’s coaches, Hall of Fame linebacker Mike Singletary. He was on the roster of the NFLPA College Bowl, which was scheduled for Rose Bowl but was canceled.

In connection with these games, invited players were able to access NFL people who could not be contacted directly due to the pandemic via Zoom. On Pro Day in Tucson, a scout was on the scene and, as Lorenzo said, was “allowed to engage with us.” And yes, he added, “everyone had a mask.”

Every opportunity to impress is important for the player, who the agent described as being projected somewhere between the “Third Day Draft” and the “Priority Free Agent”.

Fox, a managing partner based at Summit Athletes Agency Temecula, said: “Many people know him and know him really well, but if you can talk about football IQ and characters, and what really matters to Lorenzo, you have a chance to impress more people in your organization. is.”

Fox said he plans to send three 2020 game movies to make Lorenzo available for as many interviews as he needs, saying: It’s either a character’s or a whiteboard. “

Meanwhile, Lorenzo alternated with his father for training at Westlake’s Phenom Performance Facility and drilling at Murita. Now, at least the ultimate goal is visible and the process is simpler.

“Keep working hard, stay focused physically and mentally, and be prepared to exercise for your team if I have to exercise,” he said. “And you can see where the chips will fall after late April.”

Darrell Green will be a pretty good start if the GM or HR manager needs additional references.

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