CHICAGO – Miami Hurricanes defensive back Artie Burns was selected with the 25th overall draft pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday night in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft.
Burns is the third Hurricane to be selected in the NFL's first round in the past two seasons. Since 2000, Miami has had 29 players selected in the first round of the NFL Draft.
Burns received second-team All-ACC honors from both the ACSMA (Atlantic Coast Sport Media Association) and the league’s coaches after he posted a breakout 2015 campaign.
The junior cornerback from Miami, Fla., led the ACC with six interceptions and ranked fifth nationally in the category. His six interceptions this past season were the most by a Hurricane since Sean Taylor’s 10 picks in 2003. In addition, Burns recorded 36 tackles and five pass breakups.
Earlier in 2015, Burns collected interceptions in three consecutive games - becoming the first Hurricane to accomplish the feat since Taylor did so in 2003.
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