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Raiders tab LB in fourth round

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.”

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  • YoungAmerican

    Burris is a perfect player for a hybrid system.

    Wonder if Wheeler will see time at WLB with Burris at SLB.

  • RaiderRockstar

    nice pick, Reggie!!

  • JLofty

    Solid!

  • shutdown

    Anyone know anything about his strengths?

  • JLofty

    I hope he excels at the COLI!!!

  • Carl Weathers

    Burris!! Chapman next!

  • Thec

    If you like the kid, you take him where you have him rated. Draft day isn’t the time to second guess your big board.

    +++++

    So you can see the raiders big board???

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    I’m excited again!!!! No lefty, it has nothing to do with having him on my list. I just think he is a good fit. A LB who can rush the passer.
    Great Pick!!
    He is an AZTEC!!!!!! Go Aztecs!!!!!

  • Thec

    Thec Says:
    April 28th, 2012 at 10:49 am
    A 4th round compensatory pick is basically a 5th round pick.

    ++++++++++

    Disagree…The pick i had in mind was our rd 5 (33)168, not quite the same as a 4th rounder…

  • shutdown

    “He excels as a blizter and in pass coverage.”

    Just now saw Steve’s statement.

  • PurpleDrank81

    Raider O….We were just chopping it up bout thid kid like 3 weeks ago…Im juiced we picked him p…Easily 1 of my favorite players in the draft and was a huge sleeper

  • RaiderRockstar

    Raiders can actually trade this next pick.

    weird, huh?

  • Thec

    I wanted burris howerver, not 4th rounder…Good pick up kid can play, suseptable against the pass and in space…

  • YoungAmerican

    This kid was one of my favorite value picks in the draft, too. Will be a very good player.

    Next up? Who knows. Sammy Brown, DeQuan Menzie, Terrell Manning are all still on the board. As is Chapman.

  • http://000 Bob Marley

    From Greg Cossell, NFL films:

    Diamonds in the rough.

    Miles Burris:

    The San Diego State linebacker was one of my favorite players to watch on tape. I loved his intense, urgent playing style.

    He primarily aligned outside on the right, almost always in a two-point stance, but was at times utilized as a movable chess piece all over the defense.

    Burris was not a quick-twitch, sudden athlete, but he played with balance, body control and play speed. He was more of a speed/power rusher than a bend-the-edge/quickness rusher.

    I’m struggling to transition him to a specific position in the NFL.

    Can he be a rush linebacker? He might be too small, and lack flexibility and burst off the edge. Is he a strong-side linebacker in a 4-3 base defense? A middle linebacker?.

    I don’t know yet, but Burris will play in the NFL.

  • SharkCatcher

    He just gained 1000 followed on Twitter ..has a shirtless avitar…Conceited!!

  • Violent Hands

    Steal

  • YoungAmerican

    Thec Says:
    April 28th, 2012 at 10:52 am

    I wanted burris howerver, not 4th rounder…Good pick up kid can play, suseptable against the pass and in space…

    ===============

    A 4th round compensatory pick is basically a 5th round pick.

    If you like the kid, you take him where you have him rated. Draft day isn’t the time to second guess your big board.

  • HairyBush

    NFL network refuses to talk about the Raiders. They go to commercial or talk about RGIII

  • YoungAmerican

    John Dickinson ‏ @JDJohnDickinson

    #Raiders LB Miles Burris calls himself and explosive player who “loves the violence of it”

  • http://www.actionext.com/playlist_57486.html La Milicia Negra

    what a bunch of backclappers, have you all caught some Harrera..

  • 1960AutumnWind

    1960AutumnWind Says:
    April 28th, 2012 at 10:50 am

    Re-post for article – from Ravens perspective….

    Ohioraider Says:
    April 28th, 2012 at 10:46 am
    Interesting article:

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1127936-baltimore-ravens-why-the-ravens-could-make-miles-burris-the-steal-of-the-draft

    ***************************
    One correction:

    “The next great RAIDERS linebacker” Ha Ha Ha…

    Out of nowhere again.

  • RaiderRockstar

    sorry i’m late on this topic, but Leinart sucks!!

    camp arm & #3 QB that knows Knapp’s offense

    gotta have a clipboard holder and Carson is already Matt’s buddy

  • Thec

    A 4th round compensatory pick is basically a 5th round pick.

    If you like the kid, you take him where you have him rated. Draft day isn’t the time to second guess your big board.
    ++++++++++===

    Disagree…The pick i had in mind was our rd 5 (33)168, not quite the same as a 4th rounder…

    But of course you can see theraiders big board right???

  • Marks hair

    Two extemely productive players

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_Davis The Realist Dirty Raccoon

    Good player, probably could have traded down and still picked him.

    Bergstorm is just what the Doctor ordered!

  • Just Fire Baby

    Goethel is officially toastel.

    Curry’s snaps should be in jeopardy as well.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Purple,

    I know bro. I’m really excited!!!
    Go Raiders!!!!!!!!!

  • SharkCatcher

    I could have written that bleachers report articlele..take it with a grain of salt.

  • http://www.addictedtoquack.com RaiderDuck

    HairyBush Says:
    April 28th, 2012 at 10:53 am
    NFL network refuses to talk about the Raiders. They go to commercial or talk about RGIII

    ===========================================

    They’re not really talking about ANY of the current picks now.

  • http://InsidetheOaklandRaiders Goldie7

    I’m sold on Burris. Reggie wanted an OLB and he got him. I’m sold on Bergstrom too but I must confess, drafting Bergstrom had to grow on me mainly because I was surprised and had been blogging on and off all night waiting to see our #95 pick. I was waiting for Reggie to draft Chapman.

  • Raider J

    15. Reggie Mac once again shows that he likes versatile players.

  • RaiderRockstar

    12 picks to go … CHAPMAN !!

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Riff,

    If you are still reading, I like to know what you think of Burris.

  • YoungAmerican

    Disagree…The pick i had in mind was our rd 5 (33)168, not quite the same as a 4th rounder…

    But of course you can see theraiders big board right???

    =============

    Evidently, because the Raiders are picking the player they think is best. Why would they do anything else with only five late-round picks in the entire draft?

  • PurpleDrank81

    I’m hoping either Nick Jean Baptiste will be 1 of our pick ups but also look out for Tim Fugger

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Chapman to Colts!
    Is Massaquoi still available?

  • DKnight007

    Good pick by McK by taking Burris at that spot at end of the 4th. I would have figured Burris would have been looked at in Round 5, but McK liked at that spot ahead of Manning and Lewis at OLB.

    Burris highlights:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VapULyU56To&feature=related

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    I like that Fugger!

  • beach

    Yes, Massaquoi at 148, I hope.

  • YoungAmerican

    I’m just happy the Raiders drafted one of my favorite players in this draft. Versatile, hard-working, has a mean streak, scheme-diverse.

  • DJ Johnny

    I love the way Burris celebrates after he makes a big play He’s got intensity. He’s fast and violent.

    I think it’s a great pick.

    A steal.

  • http://000 Bob Marley

    Great article on Mile Burriss:

    “Miles Burris officially bench-pressed 225 pounds 31 times at the NFL scouting combine, good for third-best among all linebackers. Unofficially? Thirty-four reps. And that would’ve been second. His last three didn’t count since he lifted his rear off the bench.

    Still, this exercise may not be a true indicator of how strong Burris is.

    “At 225, compared to what I can bench, that’s really not one of my strengths,” he said. “I’ve benched 455 before. For somebody that can bench that much, I probably should be able to do a little more on the reps.”

    He’s strong and he can jump. Burris’ vertical leap of 37 1/2″ ranked fourth at his position.

    The week in Indianapolis was a glimpse at Burris’ versatility.

    San Diego State’s defense required him to play both the inside and outside positions.

    Thus, Burris believes he can play any LB position in a 4-3 or 3-4 scheme. The Aztecs have produced five NFL linebackers the last seven years. Burris is next in line.

    While his lack of experience in man coverage hurts his stock, the 245-pounder’s ability to handle different positions could warrant a mid-round selection.

    “For me, I pride myself on football knowledge,” said Burris, who had 72 tackles and eight sacks last season.

    “I have a pretty good understanding of the game — of coverages and where people fit. It’s on to me, when I get into a camp, to get into the playbook and try to not only understand the position they’re going to have me in but the overall concept of the defense and why people do what they do.”

    Burris did meet with the Green Bay Packers in Indianapolis and could be an option.

    “With the Packers, I’m not sure what my role would be with them but I did talk with them at the Combine,” he said.

    “I really do believe I can play any linebacker spot in a 4-3 or a 3-4.”

    At his pro day, he ran a 4.67 in the 40 and was in the 6.80-6.85 range in the three-cone drill prompting Burris to do a backflip in excitement.

    Burris had been an inside linebacker his whole life before this past season, when coaches moved him to the outside. Above all, he plays with tenacity and strength. In addition to his 455-pound bench, Burris has also squatted 650 pounds.

    The concern? Coverage.

    Burris admits he never had to play much man coverage in college.

    The scheme called for him to play inside and outside, but he didn’t have to match up on tight ends in space.

    Considering NFL offenses are built on finding mismatches — especially with bigger, faster, stronger tight ends — he’ll need to improve this part of his game.

    However, he does say his weight-room strength does help on the field. He shouldn’t be overwhelmed.

    “Shedding blocks is where I notice it the most,” Burris said.

    “When a big guy tries to engage you, you can give them that pop and separate. You have the strength to grab on and stroll off at the end. It has definitely worked for me.”

  • RaiderRockstar

    @JFB

    its pronounced GAYthel, and he’s the only downhill player we’ve got at LB!!

  • aig-raiders

    Reggie got himself a poormans clay matthews.

  • JLofty

    oh well there goes chapman….guess he wasn’t that high on Reg’s board…

  • Dakota

    3-4 Ilb!

  • 1960AutumnWind

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    April 28th, 2012 at 10:58 am
    12 picks to go … CHAPMAN !!
    *************
    12 picks to go trade down for a 3rd next year???

  • Lowdown_in_Beijing

    LMN, Du bit immer so Schadenfreude, aber es mach nichts. Der ist ein Raider.

  • boss01

    Damn Champman to dolts