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Author: Jon Kuzma
The Pittsburgh Steelers knew they had to get better on the defensive side of the ball to take the next step in the postseason. In order to do that the front office decided that the defensive back position was the position that needed the most help. The Steelers drafted stand out Miami cornerback Artie Burns with their 1st round pick hoping that he can provide some support on the back end of the defense. Burns recorded 6 interceptions last year for the Hurricanes and will do a great job challenging those AFC North receivers. When you combine Burns’s efforts with Cam Heyward’s passing rushing abilities you can see why the Steelers thought Burns would be a great fit for them. The Steelers offense is very dynamic, now by adding Burns they give themselves a chance to compete defensively as well. That will be bad news for opposing offenses in the division and the Steelers weren’t content with just Burns either. With their second pick Pittsburgh took Sean Davis out of Maryland who is also an exceptional cornerback. Davis recorded 3 interceptions and 5 forced fumbles last year for the Terrapins. That is a lot of big plays for a player who doesn’t play in the front 7. Usually you see a Derrick Johnson type linebacker with 5 forced fumbles but Davis added that ability to strip the football to his repertoire. That goes along well with the interceptions and this guy is a complete football player as much is Artie Burns is. These are two really good picks and the Steelers will definitely be better defensively in 2016. Give Mike Tomlin and the rest of the staff credit, they did their due diligence this off-season and it will definitely pay off. The team is much more talented defensively than they were a year ago and that bodes well for their future.
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