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Raiders tab LB in fourth round

The Raiders selected San Diego State outside linebacker Miles Burris with the 129th pick of the NFL draft Saturday. He joins offensive lineman Tony Bergstrom as the newest members of the Raiders.
Burris, 6-feet-2 and 245 pounds, is a well-regarded player who shined for the Aztecs during a standout four-year career. He recorded 72 tackles — 19 for loss — including eight sacks, and recovered three fumbles last season.
He seems to fit the kind of players general manager Reggie McKenzie and coach Dennis Allen covet, those that have a strong passion for the game.
“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,” Burris said in a conference call with Bay Area media. “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.”
Numerous pre-draft projections have Burris with the ability to develop into a starter in the NFL. For now, he is expected to compete for playing time with the likes of Philip Wheeler, Aaron Curry and Travis Goethel.
Burris played strong-side linebacker at San Diego State. However, he is versatile enough to play inside, if needed. He excels as a blizter and in pass coverage.
Burris said in a conference call that he played in a 3-3-5 scheme at San Diego State that allowed him to play all over the field, including lined up on a tight end and blitzing.
He added that the Raiders told him that he will be looked at as an outside linebacker from the outset.
“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,” Burris said, “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.”

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  • boss01

    Burris is a real “Boar Hunter”…LMAO, book it

  • xraided

    Burris seems like a winner. if he can cover and rush the passer well, he’s cool. Wheeler will be for running downs to start out with. lets hope he can match his 84+ tackles that he had last year with us in 2012

  • Raider Riff

    Raider O,

    I love the pick. I think AIG summed it up perfectly, he’s a poor mans clay matthews. that is a hell of a compliment.

    he’s athletic, but he obviously also loves football otherwise the gut wouldnt have picked him. its just a damn solid pick. this guy will make curry and romac better.

    and he’s versatile as it gets so you know he is intelligent.

    safteys need to have instinct
    cornerbacks need to be clever
    dlineman need to have motors
    and linebackers need to be smart

    burris was a great pick for our new hybrid defensive scheme.

    Im liking Reggie. He’s made both the picks I wanted. Honestly, I’d like to see him waste a pick on Burfict now if the guy is available late. Like said earlier, late rounders have about a 9% success rate and with his upside, I think its worth the risk being that our LB corps is no longer seeming so thin. Burris wasnt just a LB pickup, he IS going to play for us. As will wheeler, curry, and romac. We officially have a starting LB corps. I say bringing in a Burfict type guy will now create some healthy competition in that group.

    LB’s and lineman from here on out and we will look good going into the free agent signing period.

  • Raider Riff

    Marley, david shaw is legit. his dad was the best d-cordinator weve had in my lifetime.

    boss01, good call on the boar hunter. i’d love to hear romonowskis take on our picks so far.

  • Marks hair

    Lb s dl

  • xraided

    yes O his highlights indicate he’s a VERY GOOD TACKLER.. something the Raiders have lacked for a while. makes good angles on the ball carrier. very nice pick indeed.

  • xraided

    something tells me he’s not going to get a DT with his remaining picks. he’ll wait for UDFA … there’s been more than a few that have succeeded… such as Desmond Bryant!

  • JLofty

    On the clock baybe

  • JLofty

    DE from BSU

  • Marks hair

    Trade?

  • boss01

    pick traded to lions hmmm, what we get in return

  • boss01

    We now select at 158

  • xraided

    probably a 6th in return

  • Marks hair

    Traded back?

  • Marks hair

    They never talk about the raiders

  • boss01

    xraided Says:
    April 28th, 2012 at 11:35 am

    probably a 6th in return

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    RT @CorkOnTheNFL: #Raiders trade pick No. 148 to the Detroit Lions for No. 158 and No. 230 in this year’s draft. [via Twitter]

  • alzadoX

    Hebron Fangupo NT/DT BYU
    Miles Burris, LB, S.D. St. GOT HIM ALREADY!
    Terrell Manning, LB, North Carolina St.
    Johnathan Massaquioi, DE, Troy St.

  • alzadoX

    Jack Crawford Penn St. DE recommended by Little Wiz

  • Plunk-It

    04/04/2012 – I really enjoy asking some retired football people to grade some players for me this time of year. They aren’t tainted by the media reputations formulated about players, They simply watch a lot of game tape without former knowledge and then we discuss what they watched. This week I had an old secondary player/coach watch many of the wide receivers in the 2012 draft class. I knew he would like Oklahoma State’s Justin Blackmon and Notre Dame’s Michael Floyd, but who else would jump out at the old pro? As my old boss, the late Dick Steinberg would say “pay attention to the scout that has a different opinion than all the rest

    of the evaluators. Maybe we should restudy the guy and try and see what he sees.” What if I told you there is a wide receiver that at 6’3″, 225 lbs. and could jump 39 inches vertically, which in basketball terms means his elbows are above the rim. He has bigger hands than Justin Blackmon, and even though he has 209 receptions and 32 touchdowns in his career, he is thought of as a fourth- or fifth-round pick because of a 40 time. The former scout/coach came to me for discussion with the following report: The wide receiver has good hands, good open field skills, quick feet, plays hard, gets open, competes for the ball and is more than a willing blocker. He is a good fit as a ‘Z’ in a west coast system. I had my old scout also evaluate Justin Blackmon and Michael Floyd during the same session and he was still high on the mystery man. The receiver’s name is Juron Criner from Arizona, and his draft status ranges from the 10th-best receiver to not even in the top 20 according to some draft analysts. Some describe him as a guy with subpar straight line speed, relies too heavily on his size down field and inconsistent hands. Go back and look at the report on Marques Colston of the Saints from 2006 and it’s similar. That report was wrong and damaged Colston enough. – Pat Kirwan, CBS Sports