By Steve Corkran
Saturday, April 28th, 2012 at 10:47 am in Oakland Raiders.
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.”