June 13, 2024

Missouri Tigers wide receiver Luther Burden III had an impressive sophomore season, significantly contributing to the team’s success. Missouri achieved an 11-2 record last season, including a 6-2 performance in SEC Conference play. As the Tigers aim to replicate last year’s success, they’ll have their top playmaker, Burden, returning in 2024.

In his sophomore year, Burden caught 86 passes for 1,212 yards and nine touchdowns, averaging 14.1 yards per catch. He also rushed for 31 yards on seven carries, averaging 4.4 yards per rush, though he did not score any rushing touchdowns. His versatility demonstrates that Missouri utilizes him in various offensive roles.

Luther Burden III All Targets and Catches 2023 Season | Mizzou WR

Luther Burden III, standing 5’11” and weighing 208 lbs, aims to replicate his stellar performance during his junior season with the Missouri Tigers. Last season, Missouri went 11-2, finishing 6-2 in SEC Conference play, largely due to Burden’s contributions. If he continues to dominate SEC competition, he could be the top wide receiver in the 2025 NFL Draft.

Looking ahead, Burden could be the first wide receiver selected in the 2025 NFL Draft. Other top prospects include Tetairoa McMillan from Arizona and Emeka Egbuka from Ohio State. CBS Sports’ Chris Trapasso projects Burden to be picked ninth overall by the New Orleans Saints, noting the team’s need for high-caliber receiving talent.

NFLDraftBuzz.com highlights Burden’s strengths, such as his violent running style, excellent ball-tracking skills, and ability to make plays downfield. However, they also note areas for improvement, including his run-blocking ability and lack of overwhelming speed and athleticism.

Burden’s performance this season will be crucial, as NFL scouts will be closely watching his ability to take over games for the Tigers. His success against SEC teams will solidify his standing as a top prospect for the 2025 NFL Draft.

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