04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Raiders' picks: 4/129 - Miles Burris, LB, 6-2, 246, San Diego State...An outside linebacker in a 3-3-5 scheme in college, Burris did a little bit of everything. His film stands out in terms of passion and playmaking and he should be an asset on special teams. - The Sports Xchange
Burris was recruited by several Pac-12 schools out of high school and originally committed to BYU, but ended up at San Diego State where he was a leader on defense the past three seasons, including as captain in 2011. He had outstanding college production, finishing with 235 total tackles. He is one of the toughest players in the draft with high football intangibles, work ethic and smarts for the next level. He shows a top motor with no quit in him. Burris is a tad limited athletically, which limits his ability to drop in coverage, but he plays with an attacking mentality and always seems around the ball. He is most productive near the line of scrimmage and pro coaches will love his football passion.
Strengths: Firm, muscle-bound frame with adequate length. Good athlete with sideline-to-sideline range and body control to be effective in space. Very good chase speed. Workout warrior in the weight room and that same strength shows up on the field. Physical, active defender who attacks the play with a violent mentality. Very tough and works hard to the play with an aggressive mean streak. Takes decisive angles and is the quarterback of the defense. Plays with a nonstop motor and carries himself like a pro. Has some versatility to him and if he doesn?t know how to do it, he wants to learn. Applies coaching and showed steady improvement each year. Was productive in college as a three-year starter, combining for 235 tackles and 47.0 tackles for loss.
Weaknesses: Slender body type and looks maxed-out physically. Stiff and tight-hipped, lacking ideal fluidity. Choppy footwork and takes too long when attempting to redirect. Plays overaggressive and needs to stay disciplined. Over runs plays and doesn?t always take the most accurate route to the ball. Can get caught up in the action and needs to anticipation blocks to avoid contact in tight areas. Needs to consistently break down and finish in space. Will leave some production on the field. Not as natural in reverse when asked to drop in coverage and his cover skills need refined.
-- Dane Brugler