USC’s best WR in 2017 and quintessential slot WR Deontay Burnett was signed by the Tennessee Titans after going undrafted in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Deontay Burnett had a very productive 2017 season as Sam Darnold’s go-to-guy putting together 74 receptions for 975 yards on nine touchdowns. The beginning of the season for Burnett started off white hot as caught 24 balls for 386 yards and four touchdowns through three games. Injuries and the return of the rest of the receiving group towards the end of the season saw Burnett’s season end on a lackluster note.
In our Burnett scouting report, we had him pegged to go in the fifth round:
In a draft with a bevy of questionable receiver talent, Burnett has proven reliable as a WR1 for this year’s projected top pick and has traits to be the quintessential slot. With a more work on his hands and perhaps a few pounds of muscle, a slot-needy team will find excellent value on Day 3 with Burnett.
Folks can argue if Burnett declaring for the draft was a mistake given he went undrafted. However, his role in the offense shrank with the returns of Tyler Vaughns and Michael Pittman Jr. and would probably continue to do so with top recruit Amon-Ra St. Brown pegged for a big role. At any rate, the Tennessee Titans are far from having one of the more impressive WR depth charts in the league and I wouldn’t bet against Burnett carving out a meaningful role.