Just before the Pittsburgh Steelers were on the clock, the Cincinnati Bengals ruined the party. With the 24th pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Cincinnati Bengals select, William Jackson III, cornerback, University of Houston.
While this was quite a surprise and many Steeler fans were upset, nobody worried since Andrew Billings, Kevin Dodd, A’Shawn Robinson, and even Mackensie Alexander were all still in play.
With the 25th pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers select, Artie Burns, cornerback, University of Miami. Well… some fans instantly questioned the pick and had no idea who he even was.
Today I am going to give you a breakdown of Burns and why the selection wasn’t all that bad.
Artie Burns/ CB Miami
General manager Kevin Colbert talked about the cornerback yesterday and said, “yes, calling the pick was a “real easy” decision. He considers Burns the draft’s best bump-and-run cornerback.
When you are a Pittsburgh Steelers fan you have to trust general manager Kevin Colbert. Over the years he has brought success to the Steelers and will continue to help build a foundation for the organization.
When you get a cornerback like Burns don’t expect him to become a starter right away. He could end up being a project but in the end will work out just fine.
Burns has great athletic ability and excellent speed. He led the ACC in interceptions last season with six and is an extremely young athlete, who is ready to contribute to a very weak secondary.
Arm Length: 33 1/4″
Hand Size: 9 1/2″
10 Yard Dash: 1.56
40 Yard Dash: 4.46
Vertical Jump: 31 1/2″
If you are looking for an NFL comparison think of Darius Slay from the Detroit Lions. They both are young athletes who were raw coming into the league. It only took a few months to really get Slay to start producing at an NFL level.
While this pick might seem unorthodox, the Steelers finally drafted a cornerback in the first round. It addresses the necessary need in the secondary and could end up being a solid selection.
Time will tell, but I like a player that is 6 feet tall, athletic, led the ACC in interceptions, and has a 4.46 40-yard dash time. Just give this kid some time to develop and he could be a true star.