Burgess was a highly sought after safety in high school that moved to linebacker once he landed in Ann Arbor. He did not have much of an impact as he adjusted to the switch as a freshman, but started to come around as a sophomore. In 2004, he had 27 tackles and an interception in a reserve role. As a junior, he started on the outside and finished with a career high 81 tackles, four for loss, with one sack and one pick. As a senior this year, Burgess was credited with 48 tackles, 6.5 for loss, with three sacks and two picks.
Burgess is a very solid linebacker that brings a lot of versatility to the field. After being recruited as a safety, he has spent time at both inside and outside linebacker during his career. He has good size, and has proven to be a big hitter in college. He will lay people out whenever the opportunity presents itself. He is a good athlete with good quickness and shows the ability to play in space and cover.
He moves well in short areas, but Burgess does not have the closing speed to run down or finish plays. This keeps him from being the playmaker that his combination of size, athleticism and hitting ability would suggest.
Burgess is a player that could fill a lot of roles in the NFL. He projects best at outside linebacker and could be a very good NFL linebacker. He probably will not make a lot of big plays, but he is a player that is consistent and solid all around.