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That undoubtedly was the sentiment of many fans after the Steelers selected Artie Burns with the 25th pick in the 2016 draft. Despite the NFL becoming more of a passing-oriented league with each new season, they hadn't invested a first-round pick in a corner since taking Chad Scott in the 1997 draft. Burns, though, brought size, speed, and swagger with him from the U. Finally, Pittsburgh had a corner capable of containing the game's ever-growing cadre of big-play receivers.
"Finally" was also the sentiment of many Steelers fans after Burns was yanked from the field, mid-series, against the Cincinnati Bengals on October 14. After two seasons during which he flashed elite talent but also endured lapses in his play, Burns has lost his grip on a starting job. The Steelers' presumed shutdown corner has instead become a favorite target of opposing quarterbacks.