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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  • YoungAmerican

    Colts got a great value for Chapman. He’ll be a key cog in their 3-4.

  • DKnight007

    # YoungAmerican Says:
    April 28th, 2012 at 10:59 am

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


  • boss01

    Meant to say Chumpman

  • YoungAmerican

    Broncos get Malik Jackson now. Good pick for them.

  • please get us Billy Wynn!!!

  • Carl Weathers

    I knew the colts would take a DT. Son of a…. Travis Lewis??

  • Key points:

    “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.”

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


    Reminds me of Teddy Bruschi.

  • beach

    Need to go DLine or CB next, Massaquoi or Josh Norman.

  • DKnight007

    Wow. Broncos having a solid draft. Oooff!

  • So Chapman lasts until Round 5. That knee must have worse than we thought.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Wanted Alameda not Chapman – I was worried about durability with that guy…

  • RaiderRockstar

    crap, Indy gets Chapman. 1st pick in RD5!!

  • Just Fire Baby

    Chapman will be out the league soon.

    These teams check out these guys at length, and I surmise by his draft spot, his knees are busted.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    If Josh Norman still there it will be an opportunity to trade out for a team wanting to swoop in.

  • YoungAmerican

    Terrell Manning or DeQuan Menzie would be my top choices. Wonder what Reggie is thinking.

  • For Round 5, we take Josh Kaddu and Hebron Fangupo. Book it (maybe).

  • Cam Johnson is still available too?
    Johnson or Massaquoi!!

  • supapimp

    Reggie isn’t drafting players that aren’t high character or injured players. No burfict.

  • YoungAmerican

    Sammy Brown could also be in play.

  • YoungAmerican

    Cam Johnson would provide much-needed depth at DE. Heard there are some health and conditioning concerns, though.

  • Raiders for life

    Is it safe to say that Reg has drafted two potential starters?

  • Dakota

    Reggie has drafted two white dude….is he racist? This isn’y hockey for cripes sake!

  • DKnight007

    Mossaqiuo, Johnson, Jones, Winn or Polk potential next Raider picks?

  • When the NFL Draft finally rolls around, the Ravens will be looking long and hard for pass rushers and inside linebackers.

    With Miles Burris, the Ravens could kill two birds with one stone, acquiring both a fearsome pass rusher and a solid inside linebacker prospect.

    Burris, an outside linebacker for San Diego State, has all the markings of a Ravens linebacker. He is explosive and a superior athlete, but most importantly, he lives, eats and breathes football.

    In describing himself, Burris points to his explosion and power as his defining characteristics on the field, and it shows in his tape. He genuinely looks like the best athlete on the field.

    He also references his passion for the game, saying, “I love the violence of the game, I love to compete and I want to win.”

    That passion is perhaps the most important facet of any prospect on the Ravens’ radar, and Burris is definitely on the Ravens’ radar.

    Sports Illustrated analyst Tony Pauline tweeted: “Baltimore Ravens worked out Miles Burris/LB/San Diego State at pro-day. Used him as an inside linebacker which is interesting…”

    Clearly the Ravens think highly of Burris if they conduct his pro day workout. Still, Burris has multiple suitors, including the Jaguars, Raiders, Saints, Buccaneers and Rams.

    Despite being an under the radar prospect, Burris is attracting attention, especially after a pre-draft session that saw him bench 31 reps at the combine and run a 4.6 40 at his pro day.

    The Ravens could certainly make good use of that kind of athleticism.

    As a linebacker in SDSU’s 3-3-5 defensive scheme, Burris lined up all over the field. He points to his experience lining up over the tight end, dropping in zones and rushing of the edge as an example of his versatility, another facet that pro teams covet.

    With that versatility and athleticism, Burris could line up at any of the Ravens’ four linebacker spots.

    He has the strength to set the edge like Jarret Johnson once did, he has the explosion to rush the passer like Terrell Suggs and he has the movement skills and technique to play on the inside, as well.

    Further, his athleticism makes him an ideal special teams candidate. The Ravens have been committed to special teams this offseason, and Burris would be a huge contributor in the facet of the game.

    In the end, though, his fire for the game is what will keep Burris firmly on some teams’ radar.

    In speaking with him, that fire came through very clearly as he closed his comments, saying, “I love the game of football, I want to keep playing as long as I can and I want to make it happen.”

    Right now, Burris looks like a fifth or sixth round prospect, but he plays like an NFL linebacker, and that kind of ability is invaluable.

    If the Ravens come down with him on draft day, he could carry the torch as the next great Ravens’ linebacker. That would make him, without question, the steal of the draft.


    All quotes obtained first-hand unless otherwise noted.

  • YoungAmerican

    Blanton to Vikes. Good pick for them.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Surprised Minni did not take Norman…

  • YoungAmerican

    I should say, Blanton to Vikes would be a good pick assuming they’re A) looking at him as a FS, B) abandoning the Tampa 2.

  • RaiderRockstar

    I’ll take Massaquoi at 148

  • Stanford’s David Shaw, my pick for Raiders Head Coach, on NFLN, bright guy, will be a fine NFL HC soon.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    please let this freakin’ nightmare end. Reggie get eff out!

  • Thec

    Raider O Says:
    April 28th, 2012 at 11:05 am
    Cam Johnson is still available too?
    Johnson or Massaquoi!!

    Agreed Cam Johnson > massaquoi

  • PeymourGlen, here is a Denv Bronco fan. Make sure and talk about this for 5 years!

    DKnight007 Says:
    April 28th, 2012 at 11:03 am

    Wow. Broncos having a solid draft. Oooff!

  • RaiderRockstar

    new post

  • Burris!!!

  • irjonny

    what about alphonzo dennard. played opposite prince amakamura. pretty high grade for still being there. projected as a 2nd rounder in some mocks

  • Lowdown_in_Beijing


    was laughing at that last night.

    Kell must be coming unglued.

    Again, Reggie is putting together a MC Grand Master Flash O-line (White Lines)

  • Marks hair

    Good depth

  • 1960AutumnWind

    I think the Raiders reached up a little for Burris but he would have probably been gone by the 13th pick in the 5th. I guess they did not want to risk it. I wonder if teams devalued him some because of SD’s overall poor defense?

  • edward teach

    The Raiders don’t have an elite player that can pressure the pocket from the edge, and it appears that they didn’t think they were going to get one, going back to even the few months before the draft.

    It seems that Allen and Tarver are going to trying and create that pressure differently, by using the linebackers more aggressively. Wheeler mentioned it right after he signed, and Burris seems to be the type of player that would do well in that kind of scheme.

    This pick (and Wheeler’s comments) speaks to an attacking style. I hope so.

  • backstageatapuppetshow

    @ 64….Norman needs to be our guy!

  • boss01

    Reggie staying away from dirty south guys…good idea Reg

  • boss01

    Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie on LB Miles Burris: “Tough, instinctive, versatile.” [via Twitter]

  • xraided

    there goes Chapman to the horsies! lame.

  • xraided

    BigMac should have moved up for the guy!

    anyone think he’ll take a flier on Burfict?

  • backstageatapuppetshow

    Josh Norman ain’t a dirty south guy….a student of the game….best ball skills of any DB in this draft….

  • Marks hair

    If slow cant cut it….

  • DKnight007

    Hmm…which D player is more scheme diverse between Mossaquio, Johnson, Winn, Manning?

    Or does McK look best offensive player on the board like Jones or Polk?

  • shutdown

    He looks like he’s got a great motor, like Phil Villapiano, who is probably jumping up and down right about now, although this guy looks very, very fast. Like his hustle on running down the opponent downfield–doesn’t quit.

    This is the high intensity motor we wanted in our first rounder mlb, you-know-who, and which, it seems, we didn’t get.

  • boss01

    Book it, Burris will turn out to be the best LB the Raiders have had since Romo was breaking jaws in oaktown

  • xraided

    97. he should go more D … it would be wise to

    BTW, saw you talking about Buffalo Wild wings in Dublin… im there pretty much every day for happy hour! talked to Hendu when he was there… cool guy wish he wasn’t so damn old and beat up! we wouldn’t need someone like Chapman if he was still in good health.