On the heels of a season in which he led the ACC in Interceptions, junior CB Artie Burns will reportedly be forgoing his remaining eligibility to enter the NFL draft.
Burns, a standout track athlete and football player in high school at Miami Northwestern, was one of the top recruits in the 2013 class for Miami. Over the course of his career in Coral Gables, Burns has proven to have a good combination of size, speed, and skill.
Apart from his NFL caliber skills, a factor that impacted this decision was undoubtedly the recent and unexpected death of Burns' mother, Dana Smith. Now Burns will look to provide financial stability for his family as the head of the household now.
Burns has good value for the NFL. He should be a top 3 round pick, and has the ability to play both corner and safety at the next level .
While Burns has yet to publicly announce his decision to enter the NFL draft, he did send several Miami beat writers a letter to that effect. You can see that letter here:
UM Sports Information Director Tom Symonds put out a tweet that Burns would in fact be declaring for the draft