INDIANAPOLIS — Deebo Samuel lit the NFL world on fire in 2021. Not everyone saw what he was doing coming. The ‘wide back’ of the San Francisco 49ers was both the 49ers’ best wide receiver while also being their best running back.
He was a weapon that no team could contain. The search to find the ‘next Deebo Samuel’ is one that many organizations may try to do. However, he is a rare player that can not be found very often.
Do not tell Arkansas wide receiver, Treylon Burks, that he can not mimic Samuel’s impact and skillset, however. The star receiver and potential first-round pick want to stand out in a big, explosive way. He has been an explosive receiver for the Razorbacks and Sam Pittman. He is a true weapon, and he believes he can be the next Deebo.
“I’ve watched a lot of Deebo Samuel, just the way he plays RB, inside, outside,” Burks said. “That’s who I try to mimic game after.”
Burks will welcome the comparisons of Samuel that have been thrown out about him, then. The A.J. Brown comparisons are certainly there as well. However, Burks thinks he can embrace a role similar to Samuel. Burks was measured at 6-foot-2, 225 pounds on Thursday. Samuel is a smaller, more compact frame. However, if Burks can break the mold and have teams search for the next Treylon Burks that is what he wants.
“I am just being myself,” Burks said. “I don’t have to be anybody else and my talent will show.”
Burks’s testing day was not out of this world. However, he was more than fine. The numbers may not be Deebo Samuel-type numbers, but Burks’s tape speaks for itself. Some team will land Burks, and he should be a more than satisfactory pick for that team moving forward.