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With the Steelers possibly taking a more conservative approach Hines Ward Jersey , and looking at all their needs this offseason, it could be inferred that if an elite EDGE prospect were to be there at 20, they might just jump on him. Enter in Brian Burns, who is a top 5 player on my big board and even in a stacked EDGE class, really sticks out as a potential star. Burns has some traits that are eye-popping and continues to show out on tape every time you watch him. Thus, it is tempting for any team with EDGE as a secondary team to go and try to get him.Measurements Ht: 6’5”Wt: 235 lbsExpected 40: 4.62Film RoomBurns has some insane bend, he can just bend around the edge like a dang slinky. The dude is a super polished pass rusher and it shows up all over his tape. Honestly, just check out how this guy beats guys around the edge, it isn’t even funny.Burns, as shown here, has a great first step. He times the snap count absurdly well and can use that burst to convert to speed, power, and then bend around the edge. Look at the way he uses his hands to gain the edge here and maintain leverage, as he plays lows. Then, as he bends, his inside leg takes is super flexible and behind his hips. Fantastic job of moving around the edge and bending to get this sack.Yet Lynn Swann Color Rush Jersey , Burns has one of the most lethal moves in the entire class, a wicked spin move that I love every time it shows up on film. Burns plays this off well because of the leverage he has. Every time he comes off the ball his shoulders are literally level with his hips and he lets his hips anchor himself for power. Thus, with that burst, the conversion allows him to win off of the snap. Burns thus can use this spin move once he gets the Tackle off balance, and boy does he ever do it. It is a wicked quick move that takes advantage of that quickness and nets extremely easy pressures for Burns all the time. Burns is never going to be a fantastic run defender, largely due to his frame, but he is more than apt at doing so due to his impressive pass rushing traits. Burns has a fantastic rip move here to beat the guy of the edge and then takes an easy angle to make the tackle. Just textbook stuff.WeaknessesHe has incredibly light frame for an EDGE rusher and should really bulk up for the sake of gap discipline too. I just hope that doesn’t affect his agility too much if it does happen. He can fill out that frame, get the anchor he needs to hold the edge, and thrive. He hasn’t been asked to drop back into coverage much, which actually matters in the Steelers’ system.Fit with the SteelersBurns fills a need and would be a great partner for TJ Watt to have, although he cannot drop into coverage too often I would suspect. He has the agility to do it, but it is just not his forte at all. So, that might knock him down slightly, but that is why they have Bud Dupree, I guess.Final ThoughtsOptimistic View: Burns fills out his frame, becomes a stout run defender https://www.steelerssportshop.com/Kevin-Greene-Jersey , and can still bend like a slinky and be an elite EDGE rusher. He becomes a perennial pro bowler and he and TJ Watt become one of the best duos in the NFL period.Pessimistic View: Burns is just better staying at the weight and never becomes a truly good run defender, but he is still an elite pass rusher. Burns still makes huge plays and is a great partner in crime for Watt.My Take: I think there is so much more room in that frame and Burns won’t lose much. He is almost a slam dunk pick. His floor is high and he has a high ceiling too. Burns should be a stud at the next level. PITTSBURGH (AP) — With stars such as Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster admitted he was a little surprised to be voted as the team's most valuable player.But a breakout second season earned Smith-Schuster the respect of his teammates and MVP honors for the 2018 season."I didn't think that it was going to be me," Smith-Schuster said on Thursday. "With the numbers they put up, you would think that it's always one of those guys." Smith-Schuster, the Steelers' second-round pick in 2017, is tied for fifth in the league with 106 catches and fourth in the NFL with 1,389 receiving yards, while also scoring six touchdowns.The dynamic 22-year-old is the youngest NFL player to reach 100 receptions in a season. He caught 11 passes for 115 yards last Sunday at New Orleans despite battling a groin injury sustained in practice."He's been very consistent, and he's battled through injury, on again, off again all year," Steelers offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner said."He's learned how to be a pro and I think his teammates realize that about him. He's brought a lot of energy to our group."Smith-Schuster, a former USC star, enjoyed a dynamic rookie season with 58 receptions for 917 yards and seven touchdowns, but he's outdone himself in 2018.Smith-Schuster's 1 Greg Lloyd Jersey ,389 yards are the seventh most in single-season team history and his eight 100-yard receiving games — third most in the league through Week 16 — are tied for the second most by a Steeler, behind Brown, in single-season team history.Smith-Schuster reached 1,500 yards in his 21st game and caught his 150th pass in his 28th, setting a franchise record in both categories for the fewest to the mark.Now, he's 111 yards shy from a 1,500-yard season and four receptions from becoming the third player in team history — joining Brown and Hines Ward — with 110 catches in a season.Smith-Schuster said the Steelers MVP award meant more than a Pro Bowl snub earlier this month."My teammates and people in my locker room voted for me," Smith-Schuster said. "It means a lot that they have my back."The 36-year-old Roethlisberger, in his 15th season, is also in the midst of career milestones.Roethlisberger, who was voted team MVP in 2009, needs 158 yards Sunday against Cincinnati to break his franchise record for most passing yards in a season and become the sixth NFL quarterback to reach 5,000 yards in a season.Brown, a four-time team MVP, is also enjoying another strong season. He leads the league with 15 touchdowns, is tied for seventh with 104 receptions and ninth with 1 Ben Roethlisberger Color Rush Jersey ,297 receiving yards.Smith-Schuster said he appreciated the support from his teammates."You talk about guys who have been in the league for 10 years-plus," Smith-Schuster said. "I'm only 22 years old and this is only my second year in the league. To have their respect, it's awesome."Smith-Schuster said he sought to build a better rapport with Roethlisberger entering his second season. He wanted to establish a similar chemistry with Roethlisberger that the Super Bowl-winning quarterback has shared with Brown for several seasons."It's pretty cool that I was a kid watching (Roethlisberger and Brown) go at it every week and put those numbers up," Smith-Schuster said. "To be part of it and to do what they're doing is pretty cool."Now, Smith-Schuster, like Roethlisberger and Brown, can call himself a Steelers team MVP."You always want to see a big jump from the first year to the second, and then the bigger jump is in the third year," Steelers receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey said. "I think he's already taken that third-year jump and he's going to continue to get better."NOTES: Brown missed Thursday's practice with a knee injury. Safety Sean Davis (quad) and linebacker Vince Williams (toe) also didn't practice on Thursday. RB James Conner, who missed the past three games with an ankle injury, practiced for the second straight day.
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