Miami’s Artie Burns selected by Pittsburgh in first round of 2016 NFL Draft

6-foot, 193 pounds, CB

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

Artie Burns was the 25th pick in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers.


Burns, a North Miami native who played at Miami Northwestern High, was the ACC’s interceptions leader (six) last season, his junior year at UM. In two years as a starter, he made 76 tackles (2.5 for loss), broke up 11 passes, intercepted six, and recovered one fumble. Burns, who has custody of his two younger brothers after the tragic death of their mother last fall, decided to leave UM in large part to provide for his family.

Scouting report:

Burns is considered by many analysts to be a raw prospect, but a clear-cut starter with some development. His size, speed and athleticism – a former track star, he holds a U.S. junior record in hurdles – presents an intriguing package. A “premium athlete,” wrote. He played both zone and man-to-man in UM’s 3-4 scheme. Though at least one notable projection slotted him in the first round, most had Burns in the second.

NFL Combine results:

40-yard-dash: 4.46 seconds
20-yard shuffle: 4.3 seconds (at UM Pro Day)
3-cone-drill: 6.96 seconds (at UM Pro Day)
Vertical jump: 31.5 inches
Standing long jump: 10 feet, four inches (at UM Pro Day)
225-pound bench press: seven reps (at UM Pro Day)

Quote of note:

“Tape is just average. Betting on the combine with him and he’ll test off the charts. He’s got the traits, but he’s not ready yet. He’s a good kid who has so much to deal with now that his mom has passed.” — NFL personnel executive.

Career highlights:


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