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2016 NFL mock draft: Kansas City Chiefs go with Artie Burns

The Chiefs get their cornerback in the SB Nation NFL writers mock draft.

Everyone knows the Chiefs need a cornerback following the departure of starter Sean Smith. In the first round of the SB Nation NFL writers mock draft, Joel Thorman of Arrowhead Pride ignored the need to choose defensive tackle Vernon Butler. It was a calculated gamble that paid off.

59. Chiefs: Artie Burns, CB, Miami

Thorman: The biggest hole the Chiefs had coming into this draft was cornerback, and without one available we liked in the first round, the Chiefs moved to the second round and selected CB Artie Burns out of Miami. The Chiefs have good defensive backs coaches in Hall of Famer Emmitt Thomas and former player Al Harris who can coach up Burns. The rub on him is that he has terrific size but needs more work on his technique. Those two coaches will get the best out of him as they did with Marcus Peters. KC’s secondary of the future is here.

Analysis: Burns has gotten some buzz as a potential surprise first-round pick next week, so getting him here is a nice value. He has all the tools to be developed into a good starter in the NFL, and will get that chance in Kansas City. Burns has some of the best hands among cornerbacks in this year's draft, recording six interceptions and 13 passes defended last season. He has experience in zone and man coverage and could find some time on special teams thanks to his speed.

Dan's top 5 players remaining

  • 40. Sterling Shepard, WR, Oklahoma
  • 43. Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame
  • 46. Le'Raven Clark, OT, Texas Tech
  • 51. Tyler Boyd, WR, Pittsburgh
  • 53. Xavien Howard, CB, Baylor

Chiefs picks

  • 1-28: Vernon Butler, DT, Louisiana Tech
  • 2-59: Artie Burns, CB, Miami

Our final pick today is coming up at 3 p.m., with Pats Pulpit making the first two consecutive picks for the New England Patriots.

Complete draft results:

First round

1. Tennessee TitansLaremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss (Link
2. Cleveland BrownsJared Goff, QB, Cal (Link
3. San Diego ChargersJalen Ramsey, DB, Florida State (Link)
4. Dallas Cowboys - Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State (Link)
5. Jacksonville JaguarsMyles Jack, LB, UCLA (Link)
6. Baltimore RavensJoey Bosa, DE, Ohio State (Link)
7. San Francisco 49ersDeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon (Link)
8. Philadelphia EaglesEzekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State (Link)
9. Tampa Bay BuccaneersNoah Spence, DE, Eastern Kentucky (Link)
10. New York GiantsRonnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame (Link)
11. Chicago Bears - Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida (Link)
12. New Orleans SaintsA'Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama (Link)
13. Miami Dolphins - Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State (Link)
14. Oakland RaidersJack Conklin, OT, Michigan State (Link)
15. Los Angeles RamsMackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson (Link)
16. Detroit LionsTaylor Decker, OT, Ohio State (Link)
17. Atlanta FalconsShaq Lawson, DE, Clemson (Link)
18. Indianapolis ColtsRyan Kelly, C, Alabama (Link)
19. Buffalo BillsReggie Ragland, MLB, Alabama (Link)
20. New York Jets - Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State (Link)
21. Washington - Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor (Link)
22. Houston Texans - Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor (Link)
23. Minnesota VikingsJosh Doctson, WR, TCU (Link)
24. Cincinnati Bengals - Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss (Link)
25. Pittsburgh Steelers - William Jackson, CB, Houston (Link)
26. Seattle SeahawksJonathan Bullard, DL, Florida (Link)
27. Green Bay Packers - Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama (Link)
28. Kansas City ChiefsVernon Butler, DT, Louisiana Tech (Link)
29. Arizona Cardinals - Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Ole Miss (Link)
30. Carolina PanthersKevin Dodd, DE, Clemson (Link)
31. Denver BroncosPaxton Lynch, QB, Memphis (Link)

Second round

32. Cleveland Browns - Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State (Link)
33. Tennessee Titans - Chris Jones, DT, Mississippi State (Link)
34. Dallas Cowboys - Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville (Link)
35. San Diego Chargers- Cody Whitehair, G, Kansas State (Link)
36. Baltimore Ravens - Kendall Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech (Link)
37. San Francisco 49ers - Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana (Link)
38. Jacksonville Jaguars - Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia (Link)
39. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Oklahoma State (Link)
40. New York Giants - Karl Joseph, S, West Virginia (Link)
41. Chicago Bears - Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama (Link)
42. Miami Dolphins - Jaylon Smith, LB, Notre Dame (Link)
43. Los Angeles Rams - Vonn Bell, S, Ohio State (Link)
44. Oakland Raiders - Darian Thompson, S, Boise State (Link)
45. Los Angeles Rams - Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State (Link)
46. Detroit Lions - Jeremy Cash, S, Duke (Link)
47. New Orleans Saints - Joshua Garnett, G, Stanford (Link)
48. Indianapolis Colts - Austin Johnson, DT, Penn State (Link)
49. Buffalo Bills - Kamalei Correa, DE/OLB, Boise State (Link)
50. Atlanta Falcons - Keanu Neal, S, Florida (Link)
51. New York Jets - Shon Coleman, OT, Auburn (Link)
52. Houston Texans - Hunter Henry, TE, Arkansas (Link)
53. Washington - Nick Martin, C, Notre Dame (Link)
54. Minnesota Vikings - Su'a Cravens, LB/S, USC (Link)
55. Cincinnati Bengals - Kenny Clark, DT, UCLA (Link)
56. Seattle Seahawks - Germain Ifedi, OT, Texas A&M (Link)
57. Green Bay Packers - Joshua Perry, LB, Ohio State (Link)
58. Pittsburgh Steelers - Javon Hargrave, DT, South Carolina State (Link)