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Miles Burris. A great 7th round project?

I sort of pride myself in finding lower round prospects that have good potential. Guys like Tank Carder, Demario Davis, Asa Jackson, Kelcie McCray, Marvin Jones, Akiem Hicks, Nicolas Jean-Baptiste, and many others. Some of them I can find some reason why they would be in the lower rounds. Some I think should have been 4th-5th rounders instead of 6th and 7th rounders.

Tell me what you think about this guy.

Miles Burris 2010 Highlights - Official (via trevorburris)

Miles Burris is about an inch or two above 6', and around 246 lbs last I checked. Now, reasons I can think of him being in the 6th or 7th round, is probably because of his size. Also that he is with the San Diego State Aztecs (low competition I suppose?). However, I only consider the competition if I find something about abilities that he would not be able to do against better competition.

In the video, I have seen great speed and change of direction ability. And despite his size, he seems to do very well against OTs and OGs that are much bigger than him. He goes through, and around the OL a lot. But I'll talk about how he looks more later on. Lets look at his stats first, which help him greatly in his cause. Lets take a look:

2010: 79 total tackles (59 solo), 18 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks 4 forced fumbles.

2011: 77 total tackles (46 solo), 19.5 tackles for loss, 8 sacks, 1 pass broken up, 1 QB hurry.

So his stats the last two years were consistent. I always look at the last two years of a player's career personally.

Now, in the video one thing is majorly apparent. He is fast. Now that we got that out of the way, what else does he look to have?

I saw a few times where the offense does a reverse, or an option pitch (like when the QB goes out to run, and then laterals it to the RB at the last second). In these plays, I saw that Burris displayed great change of direction. he goes full speed at first sometimes, so I'm going to guess that QBs who have great play action will have him bite. But in the vid he showed such great change of direction ability that even if he does bite a little on either an option run, reverse, or play action, he has the quickness and change of direction to get right back on track. And I hardly saw him bite in the video anyways.

I also wanted to take not of how he performed against the run, and in traffic. In the video, I saw that he didn't often get caught up in traffic, and weaved through toward the lanes where the RB is supposed to run, and intercept him. I saw him spread his arms out and go around OT or any other blockers to get to the RB. And even when the RB is about to pass him he just breaks free of the blocker (if the blocker manages to get him) and runs toward the ball carrier before he gets 3-4 yards.

And his tackling seems good as well.

In the video you can clearly see how he is as a pass rusher. Rushing in the middle, as well as the outside. Oh yeah, he looks like he can play multiple positions. A 4-3 End, 4-3 OLB, and 3-4 OLB.

Can he apply these to better competition? Well according to the stats and video, he was lighting it up. So maybe his stats get lower, but I find it hard to believe he wouldn't be able to make an impact.

Major question marks:

1) How will he be able to go up against tough competition, and perform at the NFL level?

2) How is he in defending the pass?

3) Can he be an every down guy?

My answer to question #3 is no. At least as of now no. I want to make this clear, I am not saying that I think he is a 2nd rounder. Its fine if the competition is questionable, as well as his size, but he looks like a 5th rounder to me. I think he would be great in sub packages though, and his versatility can come in handy. But can he be a starter? Well he is a project, but he looks like a surprise to me.

Now, I am sure a lot of people know more about him and his team/competition than me. So if you guys have any insight on him let me know. What are your thoughts?

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