Artie Burns vs Kevin Toliver advanced stats review By Parker Hurley - March 22nd, 2020
What do the advanced stats say about Artie Burns and how does he compare to Kevin Toliver?
Before entering the NFL draft, the Chicago Bears have a competition brewing at cornerback. Currently, Tre Roberson, Kevin Toliver and Artie Burns will all have a shot at being the Chicago Bears starting outside cornerback.
While Roberson was in the CFL, and he is hard to compare, Burns played 375 snaps over the past two seasons while Toliver played 311. Burns played 256 snaps in coverage to 204 for Toliver. They are close enough to where we can view them head to head and see a tale of the tape. Both corners played for teams with elite level pass rushes in front of them, so it is a more than fair to see how the two stack up. Who has been better the past two years?
"Burns is a first round pick while Kevin Toliver is a UDFA. However, when you stack the two up against each other in the NFL, Toliver has a more promising career at this point. Look for the two to compete, but do not be surprised if Toliver turns out to be the more polished corner."
Toliver was a five-star recruit going to LSU. He was also pursued by Auburn, so that's credibility right there. He underachieved at LSU, plus had an injury-marred season as a sophomore. He also displayed a distinct lack of maturity. The kid has all the tools and his ceiling is sky-high. All that was needed was for him to grow up, develop a sense of dedication and a desire to play football without distractions. Pace took the bet he could do that and it looks like it's beginning to pay off.
I... -IMMUHO- think this kid is not only going to own that outside spot, he's going to own everyone he's matched up against.
Eating these words will be bitter, I know. But he's got the coaching and has had no off-field issues.