Pittsburgh Steelers select Artie Burns with No. 25 pick in 2016 NFL draft

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The Steelers select Miami CB Artie Burns with the No. 25 pick in the 2016 NFL draft. 


Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert has a history of slightly overdrafting defensive players from a value perspective, and Burns fits that category. He's a ridiculous athlete who has overcome a difficult past with strength and courage, but he's going to need time to deal with the complexities of NFL route concepts. This is a person you want to root for, and in time, he's a player who will start and succeed. It's just tough to pick a developmental guy when your team needs cornerback help right now.

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Strengths: You know those movie montages where a superhero tries to learn how to harness his newfound ability? Imagine Burns’s career storyline as being in the scene prior to that. He has so many of the desired cornerback traits—height, speed, length, ball skills—that his fate depends on how well he gets coached up.

Weaknesses: Reliant on contact that NFL officials won’t allow. More potential than proven technique at the moment.​

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