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Redskins Rookie Enemies: Artie Burns

Hogs Haven Takes A Look At Opposing Rookie Players This Season

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Artie Burns, CB

School: Miami | Conference: ACC

College Experience: Junior | Age: 20

Height / Weight: 6-0 / 193 lbs

Draft Status

Projected: 2nd Round | Actual: 1st Round (Pick 25) by the Pittsburgh Steelers

College Statistics

Player Overview

Artie Burns is an A+ athlete. His speed and length show on the football field. He's able to stick with receivers vertically and has great instincts and vision allowing him to jump routes or recover and get in between the ball and the receiver. He displays good body control and hands when the ball is in the air and because of his length shows an impressive catch radius which helped him produce six interceptions on the season. Burns plays with more finesse than aggression but he's still a great competitor and plays with confidence. He needs to improve his tackling, particularly converting his impressive speed to power when making contact. He also needs to get comfortable contributing in run support more.

Many thought Burns would be a better served to stay and play his senior season at Miami to improve his skills and draft position. However, in October, Burns' mother suffered a sudden heart attack and passed away leaving Burns the sole caretaker of his younger siblings. In Artie Burns' statement explaining his reasons for leaving he said it is his responsibility now to be the provider for his family.

Recently Burns adopted his younger siblings.

Recent News

How He Makes the Steelers Better and Creates Problems for the Redskins

Burns could potentially start opposite of veteran William Gay once the season starts. The rookie has been impressing coaches in early camps. He has been covering Antonio Brown during practices which is no small feat. In fact Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert says that asking the question can so and so cover Antonio Brown is a large part of the Steelers evaluation process. The Steelers secondary particularly their corners have been aging and not up to snuff for years but the addition of Burns sets a clear tone for the future of their secondary. Burn’s hasn’t been perfect but early indications from Steelers media, coaches, and players have his potential pointing way up.

I wouldn’t have minded if the Redskins drafted Burns its why I took the time to write a profile about him. Burns recognizes he has to learn fast to contribute early in his career and live up to his draft status so Kirk Cousins and the Redskins shouldn’t consider him a non factor week 1. Cousins should go after Burns smartly though, early and often to test the rookie. While Burns has impressive physical traits it would be a rude awakening to the NFL if he is tested by a Cousins to Jackson bomb, or has to outmatch the physicality of Pierre Garcon, or even if he has to stick with the swift Jamison Crowder over the middle.

No matter where Burns lines up come week 1 I’ll be watching his match up closely, he may not show it out of the gate but he has all the tools and potential to be a #1 cornerback for the Steelers in the future.