CBS used a point system (1 point per NFL start, 2 for Pro Bowl selection and draft selection, 3 for first-round pick). “In reality, the players themselves make their own way into the NFL on an individual basis,” CBS’ Jon Solomon wrote. “But along the way, they get help through coaching, training and exposure from their college.”
One well known NFL Draft analyst continues to sing the same tune: Artie Burns will be a first-round pick.
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 Bushis a third-round talent.
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.
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.
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 DeonBush 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, RaphaelKirby, coming off a knee injury, is ranked 20th among inside linebackers and a priority free agent signee. Pauline expects TyriqMcCord (28th among outside linebackers) and UfombaKamalu (34th among defensive tackles) to be snapped up quickly after the draft ends. Other projected free agent signees include CalvinHeurtelou (49th among defensive tackles), TracyHoward (68th among cornerbacks) and HerbWaters (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 RashawnScott (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).