We all know that the University of Miami is NFL U!
Well the tradition remains strong and well, despite less than stellar on the field success recently.
'Canes CB Artie Burns made it two years in a row that a Miami was player was selected in the 1st Round tonight, as he was selected 25th overall by the Pittsburgh Steelers.
In the 2015 draft OT Ereck Flowers went to the New York Giants with the 9th pick in the draft.
The last DB from UM to be selected in the 1st Round was S Kenny Phillips in 2008, by the New York Giants.
The last CB to be taken as high was Kelly Jennings in 2006 by the Seattle Seahawks.
Burns has ideal length, athleticism, and balls skills to be an NFL CB.
He'll need to improve some aspects of his game to be a Pro Bowl caliber player, but Burns certainly brings a lot to the table already.
"Artie Burns is the main guy — this is your corner, He’s a little too physical in college for the NFL. By that I mean you’re going to get penalized heavily if you’ve got your hands and you’re too in the face of the receiver. You’ve got to be able to back off a little bit and be able to handle what the NFL is asking you to do. I want to see if you can adjust to that. But what works in college doesn’t work in the NFL with the rules the way they are.
"So I would think Artie Burns, though, is a tremendously talented player. His skill-set is arguably as good as any of these guys. - ESPN Analyst Mel Kiper
Some pundits project Burns as a S, similar to Antrel Rolle.
But as 'Canes fans are well aware, with his talent he has the capability to make an impact on the field regardless of where he ends up.