NAME: Warren Burrell
HOMETOWN: Suwanee, GA
HIGH SCHOOL: North Gwinnett
Picked Tennessee over Florida and Alabama because of the opportunity to contribute right away. Started parts of his freshman and sophomore campaigns before becoming a full-time starter in 2021. Expected to step into a leadership role with the departure of Alontae Taylor to the NFL. Secondary coach Willie Martinez has noted his work in the offseason to improve upon a rocky 2021 season. Credits Taylor and Bryce Thompson, both now with the Saints, for teaching him the details of the craft.
GAMES WATCHED: Mississippi, Pitt, Kentucky
- 2019 (9 games): 4 starts. 13 tackles.
- 2020 (8 games): 4 starts. 17 tackles and 1 pass deflection.
- 2021 (12 games): 12 starts. 41 tackles, 2 for loss, and 5 pass deflections.
- Man Coverage: 45 (Fringe Average)
- Instincts: 40 (Below Average)
- Zone Coverage: 30 (Poor)
- Ball Skills: 30 (Poor)
- Tackling/Run Support: 40 (Below Average)
- Physicality: 45 (Fringe Average)
- Change of Direction: 55 (Above Average)
- Long Speed: 30 (Poor)
- Recovery: 40 (Below Average)
- Frame: 55 (Above Average)
On-and-off starter until 2021, where he had his best season as an on-ball producer but struggled with consistency. Lacks elite ball production despite ample playing time; yet to record an interception at Tennessee. Lets his eyes drift into the backfield quickly, giving receivers opportunity to sneak past him and find open seams. Has the prototypical size of a corner, which helps him in man coverage, but subpar instincts and gullible vision hurts him as a zone defender. Not a particularly gifted athlete from what I saw, nor does he approach the game with a noticeable level of physicality. Does have the requisite arm length to make plays on the ball when he gets his head around and is in position, which presents some room for development. Apart from that, struggle to see a high ceiling given what will likely be over 30 SEC starts by draft time. Lack of top-end speed and physical imposition also clouds a potential special teams projection, which may be what keeps him from being drafted.