WR - TEN
I'll be honest, I was not in on Burks last season. However, when he played I was pleasantly surprised with what he managed to do with mediocre QB play. Despite being riddled with injuries and asthma issues, Burks managed to show splashes of deep play ability. The Titans are stuck with Tannehill for at least another year, and we saw that he was able to support A.J. Brown. Not that Burks is Brown, but he should find himself with enough volume to be a weekly WR-three play.
Treylon Burks is staring down a sophomore season with tons of opportunities at his disposal to put his disappointing rookie season in the past. Burks saw a 17.6% target share last season while ranking 35th in air-yard share and 32nd in yards per route run. While none of these numbers will inspire confidence in Burks entering year two, his 17th-ranked route win rate and 24th-ranked open rate (tied with Marquise Brown, per ESPN analytics) should. Burks enters the offseason with only Nick Westbrook-Ikhine, Kyle Philips, and Chigoziem Okonkwo to compete for targets in 2023. Burks falls in the WR3/4 bucket, but he could easily crush that expectation.
5/8: No real competition added in draft, faces minimal interference for true WR1 duties after some impressive glimpses during his rookie season.
Glimpses of studliness could become a full season's worth in 2023
"Treylon Burks went from a 78% slot alignment in 2021 at Arkansas to 17% in 2022 on the Titans.
That's a difference of 61%.
Over the past eight years, Justin Jefferson is the only other collegiate slot WR drafted in the 1st round, with a greater alignment disparity (72%)." @ZKantzFF