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LB Burris transcript

Linebacker Miles Burris, the newest Raider, grew up in Granite Bay, a Sacramento suburb. He grew up attending Raiders games. Now, he gets a chance to play for the team that he watched as a youngster.
He spoke with the Bay Area media in a conference call soon after the Raiders selected him with the 129th pick of the NFL draft, in the fifth round. Here is the entire transcript:

Q: Were the Raiders a team you knew were on to you, did you visit up here, talk to ‘em at combine?
Burris: I talked to ‘em at the combine and I didn’t know that they expressed interest in me and I’m just very excited to be a Raider.

Q: You’re from close by, did you root for Raiders, follow them growing up?
Burris: Yeah, I definitely did. I’m about 25 minutes east of Sacramento in a town called Granite Bay. It’s about a two-hour shot to Oakland, I’ve been to some games. It’s just going to be amazing to play on that field and wear a Raider uniform.

Q: Describe yourself as a player?
Burris: I’m a very versatile player and I pride myself on being tough and playing through every game and practice no matter how I feel and no matter what’s going on with my body. But I’m an explosive and powerful player and I just love the game. I love the violence of it and I just love to go out and compete.

Q: Did you play traditional weak-side or strong-side linebacker at San Diego State?
Burris: We ran a 3-3-5 defense, a pretty original defense. Rocky Long, our head coach, was actually kind of the creator of it. It’s kind of a linebacker’s dream of a defense. I played right outside linebacker. There’s three linebackers, left outside and right outside and one mike. But I was able to line up all over the field, blitz off the edge, line up on the tight end, outside of the box, inside the box, blitz from the inside, play Tampa 2 coverage, so I got to do a little bit of everything and I think that’s kind of what helped and worked for me in this draft.

Q: Did the Raiders say how they want to use you?
Burris: I think it’s kind of, start off as an outside linebacker, but they told me that I’m versatile enough to kind of move around if I need to, and am just eager to help wherever they need me, if that’s special teams, too, I’d love to play special teams. I just want to contribute to this organization and am just very excited to be a Raider.

Q: Who did you talk to today when Raiders called?
Burris: I talked to a lot of people, the head coach, defensive coordinator, Tom Jones, operations, public relations. I haven’t been off the phone since they called me and drafted me, and they sent me over to you guys.

Q: Had some success blitzing in college, what do you like about rushing the quarterback?
Burris: I like it a lot, a lot of time it’s a one-on-one situation, it’s you versus another guy and you’d better go beat him to get to the quarterback and it’s just a fun deal, especially when you get that sack and make that big momentum play that can help your defense out is a great feeling.

Q: Where did you take the phone call, are you in San Diego, Granite Bay . . .
Burris: I’m in Granite Bay.

Q: With family, watching the draft . .
Burris: I put it on speaker phone and they could hear the whole thing, and they’re really excited, they’re excited for me and they can come to the games. I even had to move out of the other room It’s getting a little loud, it’s hard to hear.

Q: Who do you emulate in NFL?
Burris: I’ve heard a lot of comparisons with different players, a little Clay Matthews just because of the position that I played in college. I don’t try to emulate anyone on the field. There’s things from a mental standpoint that I like about Clay Matthews and Brian Urlacher, they bring the same intensity to every play and that’s something I try and do on the field is just playas hard as I can every play and that’s when good things happen.

Q: During process, what was one thing you tried to show?
Burris: Just that I’m a versatile enough player to play any linebacker spot.

Q: McKenzie has been pretty adamant about guys that not only like to play football, but love it, live it, prepare, etc. Does that describe you?:
Burris: yes, absolutely. I’ve been playing since I was in fifth grade and after the first day of practice I knew I wanted to play in the NFL. It’s just a dream come true to be at this point right now but I know I have a whole lot of work to do right now to get on that field and to make a difference and that’s all I want to do, is I want to win games.

Q: Is Kirk Morrison still around the San Diego program, still know him at all?
Burris: You know what he came to a couple of days in our summer camp this year, or this past year before the season and it was good to talk to him a little bit, to see that he’s still a loyal Aztec and he’s an Aztec for life and he cares about our program and I wish nothing but the best for him and he’s obviously a good linebacker.

Q: Read that you did a standing back flip at your Pro Day, what was behind that?
Burris: I ended up finishing my three-cone drill and was feeling good, the crowd cheered and it was kind of a spur of the moment, spontaneous thing, and I just pulled off a back flip.

Q: We should expect that with your first special teams touchdown?
Burris: Yeah, let’s hope so.

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  • Carl Weathers

    BPA Baby!!!

  • RaiderRockstar

    I think we can get Fangupo or NJB at #168

    I like Winn, Sammy Brown, Cam Johnson or Massaquoi with this pick!!

  • PurpleDrank81

    Prater would have been a nice pick up

  • Lowdown_in_Beijing

    My servants can’t understand why I am excited…peasants…sigh.

  • beach

    Come on Reggie! Hit it out of the park!

  • Thec

    Burris = True Raider

  • YoungAmerican

    Manning, Brown, Johnson, Massaquoi, J. Miller… who knows. This will be interesting.

  • aig-raiders

    Backstage

    Respect your opinion bro….

    The Ravens were known to covet Burris and Bleacher had a whole report on that. Sure we could have taken him next round but I’m happy we got him. I didnt follow the players before the draft but reading up on the 2 guys we got so far I’m EXTREMELY happy. No more athletic and 40 yd dash freaks.

  • Lowdown_in_Beijing

    and we are on the clock!

  • DKnight007

    T Lewis, Winn, Mossaquio or Johnson the next pick for Raiders?

    Or Marvin Jones?

  • http://000 Bob Marley

    Miles Burris = Teddy Bruschi.

  • YoungAmerican

    OR Iloka. Hmmm.

  • mcfadden20.

    OK here we go guys …

  • nwr8r

    Just Winn Baby

  • Thec

    why is it that when we pick the network goes on comercial?

  • backstageatapuppetshow

    The 3-3-5 defense has been run for years…Coach Rocky didn’t create anything….LOL

  • beach

    Massaquoi, Manning, or Winn?

  • JT

    Miles Burris = Brian Urlacher

  • Lowdown_in_Beijing

    sweet!

    Anyone call this one?

  • DKnight007

    # Thec Says:
    April 28th, 2012 at 11:56 am

    why is it that when we pick the network goes on comercial?

    ^^^^^^^^
    They are scmucks, *icks and haters….always have been!

  • backstageatapuppetshow

    AIG-I hope you are right and I’m wrong…..

    But I rarely am….and when I am…I admit it….as I just did regarding his size….

    Oh well….

    Raiders for LIFE!

    Get dirty Reggie!

  • http://repealitnow.org MistaBrown

    Billy Winn, pick up the phone.

  • DKnight007

    # beach Says:
    April 28th, 2012 at 11:57 am

    Massaquoi, Manning, or Winn?

    ^^^^^^^
    Yeah…or Jones, then McK can use Ford as trade bait?

    Who knows…is Cam Johnson off the board?

  • SharkCatcher

    At least we didn’t draft Stricker Sulak or Dirty Sanchez

  • Lowdown_in_Beijing

    trade?

  • ghostraiders

    Who?

  • PurpleDrank81

    Reggie Mck just traded a 5th and Tommy Kelly for Water World Season Passes

  • aig-raiders

    Kid is a Raider fan too. Sounds like he has some nastiness in him. If he’s any where near Clay or Romanowski, we’re golden.

  • http://www.addictedtoquack.com RaiderDuck

    Jack Crawford?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

  • hellsbells

    Who

  • http://repealitnow.org MistaBrown

    DaJohn Harris, turn your celly on.

  • PurpleDrank81

    Jack Crawford??? Any1 have any info on him

  • http://repealitnow.org MistaBrown

    LOL

  • Raiderboi18

    Jack crawford????

  • YoungAmerican

    Jack Crawford. DE depth. Good athlete. Questionable tape?

  • mcfadden20.

    NICE we got our selves a DE.. n that from PENN state

  • beach

    Crawford, Penn State. Another surprise for me!

  • guest123

    Jackk Craford DE Penn St

  • ghostraiders

    crawford?? ho dat??

  • priesttj

    April 28th, 2012 at 11:58 am
    I just hope CB Chris Greenwood, 6′1 192, 4.42 forty and a consensus “Draft Sleeper” does not turn into a steal for the Lions.
    **********************************************

    This is the most astute comment I’ve read allday.

    Cause I had the same reaction…LOL

  • SharkCatcher

    3-3 Omg ..I’m go play the lotto tonight!!

  • RaiderRockstar

    base de, hmmm

    not switching to a 3-4?

  • PurpleDrank81

    I have agreed with Big Mac ……But Jack Crawford was a Reach

  • http://repealitnow.org MistaBrown

    Im a draft expert!

  • hellsbells

    We got the Red Dragon?

  • Lowdown_in_Beijing

    Elephant back, obviously.

  • DKnight007

    DE/DT Jack Crawford huh? Would have figured who would be considered in Round 6.

    McK liked him ahead of Winn?

  • http://www.addictedtoquack.com RaiderDuck

    Biography: Three-year starter who totaled 40 tackles/7.5 tackles for loss/6.5 sacks as a senior after posting totals of 14/4.5/2 as a junior, when he struggled with a foot injury Sophomore totals included 14.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks.

    Positives: Large, imposing athlete who occasionally plays the part. Possesses a long, lean build, gets leverage on opponents and quickly changes direction. Easily moves down the line of scrimmage to make plays in pursuit. Effectively uses his hands to protect himself and get off blocks. Stays with assignments. Keeps his feet moving on contact and rarely off his feet.

    Negatives: Struggles getting off blocks once engaged at the point of attack and lacks natural bulk. Possesses an average closing burst. Inconsistent on the field.

    Analysis: Crawford has all the tools necessary to play at the next level and at the top of his game projects as a starting end in a four-man line. He should develop into a productive NFL player if he stays healthy and improves his game.

    Projection: 5th

    Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/nfl/draft-2012/players/88452.html#ixzz1tMaD1n5j

  • RaiderRockstar

    crawford = run stuffer DE

    ShoNasty backup plan

  • http://repealitnow.org MistaBrown

    tj your draft knowledge & qb evaluation is second to none. Please keep posting!
    _____

    Priesttj Says:
    April 28th, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    This is the most astute comment I’ve read allday.

    Cause I had the same reaction…LOL