2016 Eagles Focus Mock Draft: Pick 25 Pittsburgh Steelers

Pittsburgh Steelers- CB Artie Burns (Miami)

The Steelers have always relied on other components of their defense to cover up for the lack of a quality secondary specifically the cornerback position.  Pittsburgh is currently incredibly thin at the corner position following departures during free agency.  William Gay, Ross Cockrell and Senquez Golson are the only players on the roster with any type of playing experience.  The Steelers defense ranked 30th in 2015 allowing 272 passing yards per game and 29 passing touchdowns.  Artie Burns from Miami has the type of long, angular build which NFL front office execs covet in the corner position.  Burns stands at 6 foot, 193 pounds and has the type of ball skills which translate to the aerial attack in the NFL.  He had six interceptions this past season as an example of that.  As is the case with most players from the U he’s got a cocky demeanor which pairs well with his press man coverage skills.  Burns is still a very raw prospect according to scouts and his tape demonstrates as such.  He needs to become better with his hands as he was flagged four times last season for pass interference which would double at the next level.  Burns tends to fall back on his athleticism as opposed to proper technique for the cornerback position.  Mike Tomlin would be the perfect head coach for Burns to learn under and the Steelers organizational culture.  He’s not ready to be a starter quite yet, but his package of skills and potential is worth the pick at number 25 for the Steelers.


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