Burns completed his outstanding career at ASU last season as the Sun Belt Conference's second all-time leading tackler with 331 stops to his credit. The three-time All-Sun Belt Conference selection also recorded five career interceptions for 116 yards.
The Fort Smith, Ark. native finished the 2008 campaign with a career-best 97 tackles, the second most on the team, and was a First Team All-Sun Belt Conference selection. He was also a Phil Steele's First Team All-Sun Belt Conference selection in 2008.
Burns started every game of his career and posted a career-high four interceptions as a junior. Burns recorded a career-high 13 tackles against North Texas during the 2007 campaign.
Burns joins over 90 other all-time Arkansas State players that have signed pro contracts with an NFL franchise. He is third ASU player to sign a contract with an NFL franchise this year, joining safety Tyrell Johnson and cornerback Darren Toney. Johnson was second-round selection by the Minnesota Vikings in the 2008 draft and Toney signed a free agent contract with the Carolina Panthers.