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Saturday, April 28, 2012
Raiders take solid LB in fourth

By Bill Williamson

The Oakland Raiders first two draft picks are similar players.

They are not sexy players but they are solid, players with strong college credentials and great character and both should be able to compete to start in a year or two. What’s wrong with that?

After Oakland took Utah tackle (he’ll be a guard in the NFL) Tony Bergstrom at No. 95, the Raiders took San Diego State linebacker Miles Burris at No. 129 in the fourth round.

Burris was a tackle machine in college and he was a team captain. He is very reliable. He has a chance to be a hard-hat starter in the NFL. He is also versatile and he can play in both a 4-3 and 3-4 defenses. The Raiders are expected to stay a 4-3 base, but they will use multiple sets.

Burris has a chance to play in those sets. I expect him to be a special team’s contributor this season. Again, neither pick is a headline stealer, but that’s nearly impossible to do this late in the draft. Oakland is sticking to its board and getting good prospects at need areas. That’s all a team can really be asked to do when it has such a small draft class.