Artie Burns, the second half of the rookie defensive backs in Pittsburgh last season, showed, even more, promise than Sean Davis. So, if Davis is looking to make the Pro Bowl in 2017, so is Burns.
His team-leading three interceptions in 2016 weren’t impressive on a league-wide level, but in Pittsburgh, it was a great start to his NFL career. Now, he’ll have more talent behind him, a stronger pass rush to disrupt quarterbacks, and one more year of experience under his belt. Combine all the aspects heading into the season, and there’s no reason to doubt Burns isn’t one of the top young corners of 2017.
He’s was a playmaking machine in college, pulling in six interceptions during his final year at Miami. With one year behind in him in NFL, he should be able to start putting up comparable numbers at the next level.
As long as he increases in productivity, and the Steelers’ defense finds more success in 2017, he’ll be highly considered when Pro Bowl season rolls around. With a few more interceptions and maybe a big play or two, Burns is going to secure his place as one of the top developing corners in the AFC.