Dayne Crist hopes to become Notre Dame's next starting quarterback, replacing Jimmy Clausen, one of 53 players who declared early for the NFL draft. Mike Huguenin takes a look at the impact the college teams will feel and who could take over for the guys who left.
Burnett is well-built instinctive safety who does a good job locating the ball in the secondary and then closing on it from a center field position. He exhibits good balance and footwork in his drop and consistently keeps his feet under him when asked to transition and get out of his breaks. Burnett gets up to speed quickly and showcases impressive range when asked to make plays sideline to sideline. He exhibits good click-and-close ability on passes in front of him and can consistently get his hands on the ball. He's an impressive ball hawk in the secondary. Against the run, Burnett does a nice job reading the action in front of him and then taking good angles toward the ball. He isn't a physical tackler and has a tendency to lower his head into contact, but he wraps up well and can fill running lanes on the inside.