Scouts: Burns could play early at The U 

July, 24, 2012
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The one time Crimson Tide commit makes the decision to stay home and play for the Canes, which may end up being the best fit for the speedy cornerback when it comes to early playing time. While Artie Burns (Miami/Northwestern) will need to continue polishing his skill set, Burns has the wheels to line up with some of the faster receivers in college football and may get a chance to do so with Miami sooner than later.

This top-10 corner is still a bit raw in terms of footwork and man-to-man technique, but his raw ability is very exciting and he has one of the higher ceilings in this DB class. Burns has the rare blend of size and speed that coaches covet on the perimeter, particularly in today’s college game with the surge in taller, more explosive receivers on the outside. While speed and quickness may be his best assets, this is a DB with very good instincts and anticipation skills as well which should help in his transition to the next level. His speed often masks his deceptive physicality as well. Burns shows good underneath zone skills, jamming receivers and driving on the ball with striking burst. He can tackle as well and we see a versatile defender who could play in multiple schemes and sub-packages, potentially a very good nickel.