Where Rex Burkhead
goes, people will follow.
This 6th round pick comes with an army dressed in red. The last time the Bengals
drafted a player from Nebraska was Jim Skow in 1986. But this is no ordinary player, the Husker fans follow Burkhead with a passion that rivals any. Nick names range from Sexy-Rexy to Superman, he's had songs created about him. He might be the most beloved player to come out of the football crazed state.
Known for his passion and work ethic, Burkhead is a leader on and off the field. The Current "Best of the Best" video on Sports Center comes courtesy of the Bengals 6th rounder. If you havent seen it, search for Jack Hoffman. If what Rex did for this kid doesn't bring a tear to your eye, you have no soul.
As for his playing ability, he will do anything it takes to win. I have heard things said that he will get cut or maybe be on the practice squad. While theres nothing wrong with working your way up the food chain, you want him on the field. He ran a slow 40 at the combine but improved it to the 4.5 range on his pro day. watch some of his tape and see how quick he hits the hole. The only time he looks slow is when he's waiting for or following his blockers, which he does an excellent job of.
While Giovani Bernard is a great draft choice, I don't see him as an every down back. With his build, I don't think he can take the punishment. Rex on the other hand has shown that he can carry the load. I'm sure that fans from the Ohio region can attest to the fact that the Big 10 plays a higher caliber of football then the ACC. There wasn't many games in college that Rex Burkhead was slowed down.
My one concern, I must admit, is can he transition to the pro-style offense? Nebraska does a lot of option football/ zone read type stuff. The Academic All-American should be able to figure it out. Obviously the Bengals organization thinks he can do it.
Thoughts or Questions?
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