Reggie McKenzie’s first draft class just doubled in size with the Raiders taking San Diego State’s Miles Burris in the 4th round of the 2012 draft. Burris is a bruising outside linebacker that doesn’t have great speed but plays the game very fast.
All along McKenzie has stated that his goal in the draft was to add depth while addressing positions of need. By grabbing the Cali native Burris with the 129th pick McKenzie has killed two birds with one stone.
Burris will likely be an immediate contributor on special teams but could push the newly signed Philip Wheeler at the SAM position. Then there is the added intrigue of Oakland running a 3-4 scheme which could mean even more snaps might be available for the former first team All-Mountain West linebacker. Some scouts see Burris being versatile enough to play both inside and outside linebacker with the added bonus of being a 3rd down pass rusher.
At first glance this looks like a good pick. From a value standpoint Burris was graded as a 4th or 5th rounder so the Raiders got him in an ideal position. With regards to his game, Burris is an old school linebacker that plays downhill with a serious chip on his shoulder. If nothing else his high motor will make for some fierce competition in camp.