A full-time starter for the Packers since 2011, Burnett has become an unquestioned leader of that defense.
The striking thing about Burnett is not how good he has been but rather how much better of an all-around player he has become of late. A full-time starter for the Packers since 2011, Burnett has become an unquestioned leader of that defense and, by increasing his presence against the pass, has stepped up as a top safety in the NFL. Green Bay no longer has to worry about him in coverage, and he’s far from a concern against the run: He registered 130 tackles over 15 games in ‘14 and another 68 across 11 games last year. Keeping him on the field for a full season should be a goal, as Burnett has not hit 16 games played since the ’13 campaign. He and Clinton-Dix have quietly grown into a standout safety duo.