NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt recently released his 2016 All-Rookie Team and it included one player from the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Brandt named Steelers safety Sean Davis to his all-rookie team and here is his reason behind the selection of the Maryland product:
Davis played in 16 games (nine starts), splitting time at corner and safety. He finished with 70 tackles, 1.5 sacks, five passes defensed and one pick. Davis is a good fit for the way the Steelers play defense, thanks to his versatility. He’s a good tackler, very smart, and I think he’ll be a solid player for a long time.
The Steelers selected Davis in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft and the young safety wound up being named the team’s rookie of the year by the local media after starting 9 games. Davis’ play got increasing better as the season wore on and especially after he moved to safety full-time.
Even though Brandt decided to include three cornerbacks on this year’s all-rookie team, Steelers first-round draft pick Artie Burns wasn’t one of them. Burns was beaten out by Vernon Hargreaves, Jalen Ramsey and Eli Apple. All three players were drafted in the first round and ahead of Burns.
Burns, by the way, had the most interceptions of the four players and the second-most passes defensed.