Artie Burns

Miami (Fla.)
CB #1
6’0″ 193

Pros:

  • Rallies to the ball and flows well against the run
  • Physical; gets his hands on receivers
  • Length is incredible and will serve him well in Press Man
  • Plays with anticipation and timing
  • Can make difficult plays
  • Successful track background that carried over to Miami
  • Good balance and footwork in backpedal
  • Finishes as a tackler
  • Does a great job of tracking the ball and timing his jump
  • Good field awareness

Cons:

  •  Will rely on athleticism over technique
  • Appears to be a raw prospect
  • Allows inside release far too often
  • Tends to trail too much in Man
  • While being physical, he can get grabby down the field; committed four pass interference penalties last season

The former four star recruit played in 11 of 13 games in 2013 on both defense and special teams, recording 17 tackles, three pass breakups, and an interception while averaging 26.1 yards on 10 kick returns. In 2014, Burns was an integral part of the ‘Canes defense, tallying 40 tackles, two TFL, two sacks, and six pass breakups and improved even more in 2015. His six interceptions were tops in the ACC and the most since Sean Taylor’s 10 in 2003; he also recorded 36 tackles, broke up five passes, and recovered a fumble. He was a second team All-ACC choice.

Pro comp: Darius Slay

Draft projection: 3rd round

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