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Updated Nov 28, 2011 - 5:21 pm

Vontaze Burfict hurt draft stock with play this season

Vontaze Burfict heard all season that his play and attitude would affect his draft potential. Now that the regular season is over, he will only hear more of it as the 2012 draft gets closer.

Sports Illustrated's Tony Pauline compiled a list of defensive players whose draft stock was hurt after poor play this season, and Burfict was the first player named.

Vontaze Burfict, LB, Arizona State*: Possibly no player has dropped down draft boards faster this season than Burfict. He entered the campaign ranked as a potential top five pick, but his immaturity has cost him at least half a round, if not more. He's been consistently flagged for unsportsmanlike penalties, and it has cost his team dearly. Scouts say Burfict shows little in the way of controlling his temper, which has NFL decision-makers concerned.

The junior middle linebacker entered this season with high expectations and finished as an afterthought, much like the Sun Devils football team as a whole.

Burfict finished the season with 68 tackles, five sacks and one interception. He was also named as one of the 12 finalists for the Butkus Award, given to the nation's best linebacker.

It was Burfict's attitude and lack of on-field discipline that brought out the biggest critics, however.

If Burfict does decide to declare for the NFL draft, he will finally find out what the pro teams really think of him.


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