2016 NFL Draft: Miami Hurricanes stock report (April 18)

In one NFL Draft projection, former UM cornerback Artie Burns is heading to Jacksonville, where former teammates Allen Hurns, Brandon Linder and Thurston Armbrister are employed.

Artie Burns participates in the 2016 NFL combine in Indianapolis. (AP)
Artie Burns participates in the 2016 NFL combine in Indianapolis. (AP)

That’s according to a mock draft published Sunday by CBS Sports’s Dane Brugler, less than two weeks before the draft begins (April 28).

Burns, who left school after his junior season, is hypothetically selected in the second round (38th overall) by the Jaguars. He would be the sixth cornerback taken. Though ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. previously stated he thinks Burns could go as high as the first round, none of the CBS Sports analysts believe he will go that high.

Brugler projects former UM safety Deon Bush to be a late pickup by the hometown Miami Dolphins, going in the seventh round (227th overall).

DraftInsider.net publisher Tony Pauline rates Burns as the sixth-best draft-eligible cornerback and a second- or third-round prospect.

He projects Bush as the 12th-best safety and a fifth-round pick.

According to Pauline, Raphael Kirby, coming off a knee injury, is ranked 20th among inside linebackers and a priority free agent signee. Pauline expects Tyriq McCord (28th among outside linebackers) and Ufomba Kamalu (34th among defensive tackles) to be snapped up quickly after the draft ends. Other projected free agent signees include Calvin Heurtelou (49th among defensive tackles), Tracy Howard (68th among cornerbacks) and Herb Waters (99th among wide receivers).

WalterFootball.com says Burns is “grading out on the second day,” and ranks him eighth. Bush (16th among safeties) is a fourth- to sixth-round prospect. The website is high on Kirby (27th OLB), Howard (32nd CB) and Rashawn Scott (33rd WR), rating both between Round 6 and priority free agent status.

Other notable names in Brugler’s seven-round mock draft: former Boston College safety Justin Simmons (Martin County High), third round; former North Carolina State quarterback Jacoby Brissett (Dwyer), fourth round; and fifth-round selections Avery Young (Palm Beach Gardens/Auburn offensive tackle), Beau Sandland (former UM tight end), Kelvin Taylor (Glades Day/UF running back), Dadi Nicolas (Atlantic/Virginia Tech defensive end) and Jatavis Brown (Glades Central/Akron linebacker).


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