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April 28, 2012
Round 4: Raiders take Granite Bay's Burris

ALAMEDA -- Miles Burris was at home with family in Granite Bay when he received the call telling him he'd be a Raider. It got so loud, he said, that he had to leave the room to hear the voice on the other line.

Burris, who attended Granite Bay High school and said he grew up a Raiders fan, was taken in the fourth round of the NFL Draft out of San Diego State by Oakland.

Burris was the Raiders' second pick of this year's draft. They picked offensive lineman Tony Bergstrom with the last pick of the third round Friday night.

Begstrom said he also has Sacramento-area ties, having served a two-year Mormon mission in the south Sacramento and Stockton areas after finishing high school in Utah.

Burris is 6-foot-2 and 246 pounds and known as a high-motor outside linebacker. Right now Aaron Curry and Philip Wheeler, recently signed to a free-agent deal after playing several seasons for the Colts, project as starters at outside linebacker.

"I talked to (the Raiders) at the Combine and I didn't know that they expressed interest in me and I'm just very excited to be a Raiders," Burris said.

Burris was a two-time all-Mountain West first-team selection at San Diego State. He led the Aztecs with 78 tackles in 2011 and had eight sacks. The Raiders will need somebody to rush the quarterback next season following the departure of linebacker Kamerion Wimbley, their sacks leader over the past two seasons.

Burris was a two-time all-Metro League selection at Granite Bay High. He played in a 3-3-5 defense at San Diego State and primarily played right outside linebacker. He said the Raiders have told him he will start at outside linebacker but could move around.

"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. "But I'm an explosive player and powerful player and I just love the game."

The Raiders will pick three more times today - twice in the fifth round and once in the sixth. This fourth-rounder was a compensatory pick. The Raiders traded their fourth-round pick for quarterback Jason Campbell in 2010.

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Matt Kawahara was born in Sacramento and attended McClatchy High School and UC Berkeley, where he wrote for the independent student paper The Daily Californian. He graduated from Cal in 2010 and started at The Sacramento Bee as a summer intern. He joined The Bee's sports staff in fall 2011.

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