Steelers selected Artie Burns because he is the guy who is most ready to help this season, but he is not the guy with the most upside. Ike Taylor gives his thoughts on all the Steelers draft picks.
6th Round – 220th Overall
Voted a team captain and an All-Pac-12 second-team selection…finished third in the Pac-12 in sacks (8.0) and tackles for loss (17.5)…started 12 of 13 games, compiling 56 tackles (40 solo)…totaled seven stops, including three behind the line of scrimmage and 2.5 sacks vs. USC earning Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week accolades…tabbed Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week for 11 tackle, 2.0 sack, two forced fumbles and a pass breakup performance vs. Arizona…had three stops in the Apple Cup victory over Washington State, and made three tackles, including a sack, in the team’s Heart of Dallas Bowl game win vs. Southern Miss…named the Most Outstanding Defensive Player at the school’s postseason awards ceremony.
Played in all 14 games, making nine starts, registering 60 tackles (43 solo) and 4.5 tackles for loss…recorded a sack and three stops vs. Arizona State…returned an interception 30 yards for a touchdown at Colorado, to go along with five tackles…made two tackles in the Apple Cup win at Washington State, and three vs. Oklahoma State in the Cactus Bowl…tabbed the school’s Most Outstanding Special Teams Player at the postseason banquet.
Appeared in 13 games, making two starts…had four tackles in the season-opening win vs. No. 19 Boise State…led the team with six stops, and a fumble recovery, vs. Idaho State…recorded six tackles, including a five-yard sack, in the Apple Cup win vs. Washington State and two stops in the Fight Hunger Bowl victory vs. BYU.
Earned honorable mention All-Pac-12 as well as honorable mention Academic All-Pac-12…started nine-of-13 games played…recorded a sack, two tackles for loss and five stops along with a forced fumble vs. San Diego State…amassed a season-high 12 tackles at Oregon…led the defense with 10 tackles in victory at Colorado, along with a sack…totaled nine tackles, including a stop for a loss vs. Boise State in MAACO Bowl game.
Redshirted as a true freshman…won the Mark Drennan Defensive Scout MVP award at the program’s postseason awards banquet.
Earned first-team All-East Bay and first-team All-Metro (Bay Area) as a senior…MVP of the Alameda Contra Costa Athletic League…led the Spartans to an 11-1-1, 6-0 in league action, and to the CIF North Coast Section Division II semifinals in senior campaign…member of the 2010 ACCAL championship squad.