Arkansas WR Treylon Burks chases hogs and dominates DBs

INDIANAPOLIS — Treylon Burks has some of the best hands of any receiver in this year’s NFL Draft, and he developed them in the most unique way.

Burks told the NFL Combine Wednesday that he spent his youthful days hunting feral hogs with his bare hands in rural Arkansas.

“You have to go out with dogs and the dogs come out and find them and then we come in behind them and attack them, shoot them down,” Burks said.

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Don’t just shoot them down, kill them by stabbing them in the heart.

Burks, a native of Warren, Arkansas, said he grew up fishing and hunting hogs and deer. He has a tattoo of his first dog on his left arm, and he said he’s attacked more pigs in his life than he counts.

In some ways, Burks said hunting was like playing football.

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“You have to plan a game before you even go there, so it takes time to plan a game, to know exactly where they are going to be,” he said. “And then you have to make sure you, just like the way I wear gloves, but you have to put a vest and stuff on the dogs, just to get them ready so they don’t get hurt.”

Burks hurt many opponents by stabbing them in the proverbial heart last season, when he caught a career-high 66 passes for 1,104 yards and 11 touchdowns while playing a versatile role in the revitalized offense of the ‘Arkansas.

He has some of the biggest hands in the draft — he wears size 4X football gloves — and the Razorbacks tried to put the football in them Deebo Samuel style.

Arkansas wide receiver Treylon Burks speaks during a news conference at the NFL Football Harvester, Wednesday, March 2, 2022, in Indianapolis.  (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

“I basically played this in high school,” Burks said. “I played everywhere in high school. Once I got to Arkansas, I continued to play the same role. I did it there. I just did what was best for the team.”

A projected first-round pick, Burks is one of several receivers in a deep draft class that seems to fit the Lions’ profile and needs at the position.

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He lined up mostly out of the slot at Arkansas, but has the size at 6-foot-3 and 225 pounds to play outside. He was a willing blocker in an Arkansas offense that relied heavily on running play. And he’s expected to impressive numbers in the 40-yard dash and other test events at the combine.

The Lions are looking to fill the receiver X role either through the draft or free agency this offseason after struggling to sustain a down passing offense last season.

Burks said he considers himself the best receiver in the draft, though he politely declined to brag about that position on Wednesday.

“I really don’t think about it,” he said. “I just go out there and do what I do for my team and just let my film do the talking for me.”

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