Draft duds? Saints, Rams, Raiders among poorly graded teams - NFL.com
Of course, Raiders were given a bad grade. Cant argue with anything cus we havent seen anything on the field yet but I wonder why does it say the Miles Burris was our questionable pick?
I dont follow college football much, so I do not know whats his problems are. But the questionable pick? I would think it would be the random DE/DT we got from Gstate. Left NFL network dumbfounded ha. And Crawford, seen some videos on him and doesnt seem to impress me much, but I know they were projects.
Can anyone clarify Miles Burris's faults?
Miles seems to be fast and strong which is an Al Davis style pick, I believe he rated pretty high in his bench press, and his vertical was among the top in LB's.
He seems to get off blocks fairly well, but isn't the best in pass coverage. He needs some work in that area, as well as just overall coaching like any college prospect does. They say he is about at his ceiling, but I don't get how they would know if he is going to improve or not. Just typical "expert" nonsense.
His size and athletic workouts make him a very solid prospect and if he had played at a big school that had a good defense and went to a BCS bowl game he would probably have a much bigger name and went higher in the draft.
But he played at a smaller school and in a unorthodox scheme, and there is concerns with his pass coverage because he was able to fee lance and rush the passer most of the time.
He has the measurables, and he loves the game, that's a good combination, but there were enough question marks to make him a mid round prospect.
Draft gurus are professional speculators....Get past the first couple rounds and all the more speculative it gets.
Shawnessy was a tweener and not fast or powerful enough....Once you get into the third and more so the fourth rd, the actual scout knows way more than the columnists aka gurus..
I personally liked the pick and I also think Burris is far from perfect with plenty of room to grow and get better. The unstated, mostly, knock is he isn't from a big time defense (SEC defenses), but here are what some draftniks had to say negatively before the draft.
Miles Burris, OLB, San Diego State, NFL Draft - CBSSports.com - NFLDraftScout.comWeaknesses: 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.
ProFootballWeekly.com - Draft Prospect - Miles BurrisNegatives:
A bit undersized for a rush role — average height, weight and arm length. Shows some stiffness in his hips — average flexibility and burst off the edge. Not an explosive, quick-twitch athlete or violent striker. Can be a step late to the perimeter. Needs to improve hand use to disengage more quickly. Can be overaggressive and miss some tackles. Limited cover skills and experience playing the inside.
He was a 4th round pick and at worst gives depth to the LB spot. No idea where other teams had the guy, but couldn't have been higher or he would have been gone. From what I've read he's a high motor guy who is very coachable....as well as being another 'high character' guy Reggie seemed to be drafting. Will he pan out? It's anybodies guess at this point.
i dont know why you read this crap these guys are full of it.
Look at our 2010 draft how many thought Veldheer (which I loved) was going to be a very solid if not spectacular LT What did our draft get that year.
In the end we got basically 4 solid contributors in the first 4 rounds (Ford, Veldheer, Houston , Mcclain) 3 of whom start and Ford is a border line starter that Draft is a A . What did most give us at the time... F these guys and their analysis let the guys play
"Darth Vader is a punk compared to Al Davis," Hunter S Thompson
Right now, Miles Burris is a solid special teams player. When we line up to kick off or receive the opening KO of the season, this guy will be on the field. RM and DA have stated that Raiders didn't have the depth that other teams have, and Burris is perfect for that. He might even develop into a starter in a few years. It's a solid/safe pick.
Draft grades are meaningless.
I see the kid immediately getting into the 3-4 defensive rotation. He'll probably spell Curry on some passing plays. Allen can use both of them as pass rushers like Von Miller was used in Denver. I'm not saying either one of them will be as good as Miller but you never know. It's not like Curry ever had the freedom to do that in Seattle and we didn't ask him to last year. From his highlight clips this seems to be Burris's strength. Getting him into the backfield to disrupt plays.
IMO, there are plenty of elements these mediots are just not aware of or not taking into account:
- We had to make picks at the END of every round, which is a difficult task.
- The picks that we didn't have were traded into the future by PREVIOUS regimes of Davis and Jackson. The current management had nothing to do with it and should not be penalized in their grading.
- The Raiders were able to trade down and pick up another pick in a draft in which they only had 5 picks, two of which were tradable. They have gotten zero credit for this.
- Criner was an abosolute steal in the 5th round. It would seem the media would give more credit here knowing how the last WR taken in the 5th round turned out!
- It BAFFLES me how little they know about the team. Not once did I hear them say that we lost a starting C to FA, replaced him with the starting LG, and thus there was a hole in the line that needed to be filled.
I need with some good coaching, he can crack the lineup in no time. Im sure he will be on special teams and make some big plays.
Bucky Brooks and Chad Reuter wrote that piece saying Burris' pick was "questionable".
Here's Bucky 3 years ago praising Burris' new teammate, Aaron Curry;
1. Aaron Curry, Wake Forest, OLB: An outstanding playmaker with exceptional athleticism and movement skills. As a sideline-to-sideline player with remarkable instincts and awareness, Curry is always around the ball, and he shows an unbelievable knack for producing game-changing turnovers (he recorded three fumble recoveries, one forced fumble and one touchdown during his senior season). He displays solid skills in pass coverage, but is also a threat off the edge as a pass rusher. Although Curry is regarded as a big hitter, he is a solid tackler who rarely misses ball carriers in space. With an overall game that lacks any glaring weaknesses and skills that mesh well with a 4-3 or 3-4, scouts unanimously believe Curry is the best defensive prospect available in this year's draft.
Read more: Trojans Maualuga, Cushing, Matthews headline linebacker prospects - Bucky Brooks - SI.com
I bet we could dig up the same from Reuter.
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