The Pittsburgh Steelers have selected Miami (FL) cornerback Artie Burns with the 25th pick of the 2016 NFL Draft. It is the first corner they’ve taken in the opening round since Chad Scott in 1997.
Burns was a 23 game, two year starter for the Hurricanes. Standing in at 5’11/7, 193 pounds, he picked off six interceptions last year. He boasts incredible length for his size, over 33 inch arms, and though he’s stiff, fits the Steelers’ scheme well.
He’ll compete with Ross Cockrell and Senquez Golson to crack the Steelers’ lineup. It’s likely Burns will play on the outside, competing moreso with Cockrell than Golson, who is expected to be the team’s slot corner.
More to add to this pick throughout the night. We’ll cover the pre-draft press conference from Mike Tomlin and Kevin Colbert along with Burns’ conference call.