2016 NFL Draft: Mel Kiper Jr. still has Artie Burns in the first round

One well known NFL Draft analyst continues to sing the same tune: Artie Burns will be a first-round pick.

Artie Burns speaks to reporters after his pro day at UM. (Matt Porter)

Artie Burns speaks to reporters after his pro day at UM. (Matt Porter)

Though some of his peers believe Burns will be taken in the second round, ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. reiterated this week what he said in February: the former Hurricanes cornerback will go in the first 32 picks. Kiper’s latest mock draft has Burns slotted 26th overall to the Seattle Seahawks.

On a conference call Tuesday, Kiper told the Post’s Andrew Abramson that Burns was “a little grabby [in his technique] for me, but he’s got a lot of talent so you look at him in the late first” round. UM safety Deon Bush, he said, is a third- or fourth-rounder, and he likes receiver Rashawn Scott as a late-round pick. He mentioned linebacker Raphael Kirby as a free agent signee.

Also of note: Kiper’s ESPN colleague Todd McShay said on the call that he believes Bush is a third-round talent.

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In his mock draft, Kiper ranked Burns fifth at his position, behind Florida State’s Jalen Ramsey (a cornerback/safety), whom he predicts Dallas will take fourth overall. Also picked before Burns, in Kiper’s mock: Houston’s William Jackson III (12th, New Orleans), Florida’s Vernon Hargreaves III (14th, Oakland) and Ohio State’s Eli Apple (25th, Pittsburgh).

In the second round, Kiper predicts Clemson’s Mackensie Alexander will go 36th to Baltimore, while Virginia Tech’s Kendall Fuller will go 39th to Tampa Bay. He predicts the Dolphins, at No. 42, would take Baylor’s Xavien Howard.

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