Defensive end Brian Burns ranked No.76 on the NFL Top 100 Players list, as voted on by the players.
Burns earned a spot in the NFL Top 100, a list voted on by NFL players, as his peers recognized his elite pass-rushing skills.
Burns collected 25.5 sacks in three seasons, which is the most of any NFL Player from 2019. He ranks ninth on the sack leader boards for the Carolina Panthers.
Burns earned a Pro-Bowl selection in 2020 as he posted his second-consecutive season with nine sacks. The 2020 season saw Burns become a team captain for Carolina. He proved to be a cornerstone in a stout defense, and helped Carolina rank the fourth-best in passing yards allowed. Burns ranked second in sacks on the team in 2020, behind Haason Reddick.
“Edge rushers are so important, anytime you have one that can not just sack the quarterback, but strip sack him— they’re valuable,” New Orleans Saints safety Tyrann Mathieu said of Burns. “He’s young, he’s explosive, and he’s a guy that can make a lot of those plays.”
Burns is a not only a leader on the defense, but a mentor for the younger players on the team. In the summer minicamp, Burns coached up rookies Amaré Barno and Ikem Ekwonu. In various drills and scrimmages, Burnes matched up against the sixth-overall pick, which helps the highly touted offensive tackle adjust to NFL caliber talent.
The ranking proves the league thinks Burns is an amazing pass rusher, with potential to become one of the best. At 24 years old, the defensive end has time to solidify his numbers and ascend into the upper tier of pass rushers if he is not already there.
This 2022 season should be a thrill to watch on the defensive end for Carolina, and Burns is a big part as to why.