Luther Burden III
Luther Burden III  WR  Missouri | NFL Draft 2025 Souting Report - Portrait Image
Luther Burden III
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St. Louis, MO
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Luther Burden III WR Missouri | NFL Draft Profile & Scouting Report

Luther Burden III WR Missouri
NFL Draft Profile & Scouting Report

ROLE: Multi-Role Receiver
Last Updated: 07/07/2024
Draft Year: 2025
40 time: 4.41 seconds (81%*)
Height: 5-11 (23%*) Weight: 208 (67%*)
Forty: 4.41 (O) (81%*)
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(C) - NFL Combine (P) - Pro Day (O) - Other (HS) -Estimated from High School Combine
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ROLE: Multi-Role Receiver
Last Updated: 07/07/2024
Draft Year: 2025
40 time: 4.41 seconds (81%*)
0% 100%
Height: 5-11 (23%*) Weight: 208 (67%*)
Forty: 4.41 (O) (81%*)
(C) - NFL Combine (P) - Pro Day (O) - Other
(HS) -Estimated from High School Combine
For an explanation of how the (HS) data is calculated see this article
Overall Rating: 90.0 / 100
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QB Rating When targeted: 109.3
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Overall Rank: #10 Position rank: #1
College Games: 25 College Snaps: 1149
Grade: 5 ESPN  Stars 5 ESPN  Stars ESPN RATING: 92/100
Grade: 247 Sports 5  Stars 247 Sports 98 Stars 247 RATING: 98/100
Grade: 5 Stars 5 Stars RIVALS RATING: 6.1 (100%)
Player Comparison* (Similarity level)
Chris Olave - Ohio State
Jordan Addison - USC
Jahan Dotson - Penn State
Draft Profile: Bio
Luther Burden III burst onto the college football scene as a five-star recruit, living up to the hype at Missouri. The St. Louis native made an immediate impact as a freshman, showcasing his versatility with touchdowns receiving, rushing, and on special teams. His sophomore campaign solidified his status as one of the nation's top receivers, racking up 86 catches for 1,212 yards and 9 touchdowns.

Burden's high school accolades foreshadowed his collegiate success. As a senior at East St. Louis High, he hauled in 71 passes for 1,174 yards and 20 touchdowns while adding 8 punt return scores. His decision to stay in-state and join Missouri has paid dividends for both parties, with Burden playing a crucial role in the Tigers' 11-2 record in 2023.

The accolades have piled up for Burden, including First-Team All-SEC honors and Second-Team All-America selections from multiple outlets. His 1,212 receiving yards in 2023 ranks third in Missouri's single-season record books, cementing his place among the program's all-time greats after just two seasons.
Scouting Report: Strengths
  • Explosive athlete with elite short-area quickness and long speed to stretch the field vertically
  • Devastating yards-after-catch threat due to rare agility, contact balance, and vision in the open field
  • Natural hands catcher with elite body control to adjust to off-target throws
  • Alignment versatile, effective from slot or outside, creating mismatches across formation
  • Displays advanced route-running nuance for his age, particularly on intermediate breaks
  • Competitive toughness evident in willingness to work middle of field and fight through tackles
  • Special teams value as dynamic punt returner, scored on returns in both collegiate seasons
  • Compact, well-built frame at 208 pounds allows him to play bigger than his listed height
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
  • Lacks prototypical outside receiver height at 5'11", may face challenges against longer NFL corners
  • Can improve consistency and technique when facing press coverage at the line of scrimmage
  • Occasionally rounds off routes, particularly on deeper patterns, telegraphing breaks to defenders
  • Room for improvement in run blocking, needs to show more consistent effort and technique
  • Limited experience against elite competition, SEC success needs to translate to NFL level
Scouting Report: Summary
Burden will be a dynamic playmaker at the next level, capable of lining up across the formation and creating mismatches. His elite short-area quickness and acceleration make him a nightmare for defenses in space, while his natural hands and body control allow him to win in contested catch situations despite lacking prototypical size.

Scheme fit will be crucial for maximizing Burden's potential. He'll thrive in an offense that creates touches in space and allows him to use his elite RAC ability. While he can play outside, his skillset may be best utilized from the slot where he can exploit mismatches against linebackers and safeties. His punt return ability adds value on special teams.

Burden's trajectory suggests he'll be in the conversation for WR1 in the 2025 NFL Draft. If he continues to refine his route-running and shows he can consistently beat press coverage, he has the potential to be a top-15 selection and immediate impact player in the NFL.
Written By:
Wyatt Brooks (SEC)

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*Similarity Percentage: This percentage is calculated based on a comprehensive analysis of various factors, including height, weight, 40-yard dash times, on-field performance statistics, and overall player rating. The analysis is conducted against our database of draft prospects from 2021 to 2023. This similarity score helps in evaluating how closely a current prospect aligns with past prospects. It is important to note, however, that this score reflects similarities based on college production and attributes, and does not account for eventual success or performance in the NFL.