Drafted: Pick 7 of the 3rd round by Minnesota
Positives: Explosive breakaway threat with impressive leaping ability...Shows a sudden burst coming off the line and uses his hands well to escape press coverage...Has an array of moves to elude defenders and shows proper crack-block techniques upfield... Sharp route runner who is especially effective on underneath passes and crossing patterns...Has good field awareness and is very conscious of the sideline markers...Separates quickly from the defender in the open, showing that second gear needed to gain yardage after the catch...Natural hand extender going up for the ball and shows fluid body adjustments coming back for the off-target tosses...Very tough and physical going for the ball in a crowd...His upfield acceleration consistently allows him to break tackles...Always gets in the defender's way when trying to block for the ground game.
Negatives: Still learning how to vary his speed so he doesn't overrun on his routes... Erratic blocker who needs to show better hand punch off the snap...While explosive off the snap, he will gather himself before generating his separation burst after the catch...Has a tendency to skip into his cuts.
Emerging star with excellent body control and agility...Comes from a family deep in sports tradition, as his father, Alvin was a standout safety at the University of Washington before plying his wares in the USFL and CFL...His brother, Alvin, Jr., followed his father's foot steps to Washington in 1997 and another brother, Kevin, was a guard on Minnesota's basketball team...Was a partial qualifier in 1999 and could have petitioned for another year of eligibility, but opted to test his skills in the pros by applying for the 2002 NFL Draft... Finished his career with 248 receptions for 3293 yards (13.6 avg) and 22 touchdowns... Only Geoff Noisy (295, 1995-98) and Trevor Insley (298, 1996-99) had more catches in a career at Nevada...His 3293 yards rank fourth in school annals behind Bryan Reeves (3408, 1991-93), Noisy (4249) and Insley (5005) in school annals...His career average of 7.52 receptions per game established a Western Athletic Conference all-time record.
All-American first-team selection by The NFL Draft Report and the American Football Coaches Association, earning second-team honors from The Sporting News and CNN/SI... All-Western Athletic Conference first-team choice...Finalist for the Biletnikoff Award, given to the top receiver in the nation...Led the nation in receptions per game (11.5) and receiving yards (135.8)...Caught a school and conference season-record 138 passes (four shy of the NCAA record) for 1629 yards (11.8 avg) and 12 touchdowns...Only Trevor Insley (2060 in 1999) and Alex Van Dyke (1854 in 1995) gained more yards receiving in a season at Nevada...Added 115 yards and a score on 22 carries (5.2 avg)...Returned three kickoffs for 67 yards (22.3 avg) and four punts for 24 yards (6.0 avg)...Added three tackles on special teams...Averaged 152.9 all-purpose yards per game.
Washington State...Snared 7 passes for 72 yards and gained 12 yards on 3 rushes.
Brigham Young...Hauled in 12 passes for 213 yards and a 95-yard touchdown (third-longest catch in school history) and carried 3 times for 19 yards.
Rice...Followed with 14 grabs for 128 yards and scores of 4 & 19 yards.
Colorado State...Gained 173 yards on 12 catches with a 21-yard touchdown.
Nevada-Las Vegas...Made 8 catches for 94 yards and a 25-yard touchdown.
Hawaii...Followed with 11 receptions for 143 yards and picked up 17 yards on a reverse.
San Jose State...Scored on a 27-yard grab, adding 111 yards on 8 catches and 20 yards on a reverse.
Louisiana Tech...Caught 13 passes for 107 yards and a 14-yard score.
Southern Methodist...Added 129 yards and a 4-yard touchdown on 13 catches and also had an 8-yard gain on a reverse.
Texas-El Paso...Named WAC Player of the Week as he set school and conference game-records with 19 receptions, good for 179 yards and an 11-yard touchdown...Also carried 3 times for 14 yards.
Fresno State...Grabbed 14 passes for 207 yards, including 45 & 18-yard touchdowns, adding another score on a 4-yard reverse.
Boise State...Closed out his career with 7 receptions for 71 yards and a 17-yard score.
All-Western Athletic Conference second-team choice by The NFL Draft Report...Started nine games, leading the team with 53 receptions for 737 yards (13.9 avg) and a pair of touchdowns...Carried three times for 44 yards (14.7 avg)...Added 90 yards on three kick- off returns (30.0 avg)...Also saw action on defense, intercepting a pass and making a solo tackle.
Brigham Young...Made 6 catches for 56 yards.
Hawaii...Had 7 receptions for 92 yards and a 9-yard touchdown.
Nevada-Las Vegas...Added 58 yards on 7 grabs.
Louisiana Tech...Caught 5 passes for 65 yards and a 26-yard score, but left the game after dislocating his shoulder.
Rice and Boise State...Did not play (shoulder).
San Jose State...Set school and WAC game-records as he amassed 326 yards, catching 12 passes, including a 91-yarder (third-longest non-scoring play in school history) that set up a touchdown.
Texas-El Paso...Closed out the season with 5 catches for 49 yards.
Started every game in his first season of collegiate action, leading the team with 57 catches for 921 yards (16.2 avg) and eight touchdowns...Carried twice for 31 yards (15.5 avg) and returned 14 punts for 55 yards (3.9 avg)...Added 177 yards on 11 kickoff returns (16.1 avg).
Oregon...His first career catch was good for a 21-yard score.
Colorado State...Snatched 6 passes for 116 yards and an 80-yard touchdown.
San Jose State...Added 150 yards with 24 & 31-yard scores on 7 grabs.
Southern Methodist...Scored the team's only points on a 44-yard touchdown catch.
Texas-El Paso...Made 9 catches for 140 yards, including a 31-yard score.
Hawaii...Gained 104 yards on 8 catches.
Rice...Snared 3 passes for 81 yards and a 14-yard touchdown.
Sat out the season under NCAA Proposition 48 rules.
Dislocated his shoulder in the 2001 Louisiana Tech game, sitting out the Boise State and Rice contests.
Campus Agility Tests
4.59 in the 40-yard dash...235-pound bench press...385-pound squat...295-pound hang clean...37.5-inch vertical jump.
COMBINE AGILITY TESTS
ARM HAND TEST 40 20 10 225 VJ BJ SHUTTLE CONE
31 1/8 9 19 4.51 2.65 1.58 42 1/2 10'6" 4.16 6.96
Attended O'Dea (Seattle, Wash.) High...Earned a total of eight letters playing football, track and basketball...Second-team All-State pick in basketball and Athlete of the Year.
General Studies major...Son of Valerie and Alvin Burleson, Sr...Father was a standout safety at the University of Washington (1973-75) before plying his wares in the USFL (Los Angeles) and CFL (Calgary)...His brother, Alvin, Jr., followed his father's foot steps to Washington in 1997 and another brother, Kevin, was a guard on Minnesota's basketball team (1998-2002)...Grandfather was a professional boxer...Has been playing organized football, basketball and track since age nine...Born 8/19/81...Resides in Seattle, Washington.
YEAR GP GS NO YARDS AVG TD LONG R/PG GM/AVG
2000 12 12 57 921 16.2 8 80 4.75 76.75
2001 09 09 53 737 13.9 2 91 5.89 81.89
2002 12 12 138 1629 11.8 12 95 11.50 135.75
TOTAL 33 33 248 3293 13.6 22 95 7.52 99.79
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