Las Vegas Raiders select LB Amari Burney in 6th round of 2023 NFL draft

The Las Vegas Raiders have drafted former Florida linebacker Amari Burney with the 203rd overall pick in the sixth round of the 2023 NFL draft.

Burney began his career as a defensive back at Florida. He played both safety and the STAR position for a bit but switched to linebacker as an upperclassman.. A notable NFL combine snub, Burney’s Pro Day performance and 2022 tape was enough for the Raiders to take a chance on him.

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He finished his super-senior season with 79 tackles, nine tackles for loss, four sacks, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. He played over 2,500 snaps for Florida throughout his five years with the Gators.

The biggest moment of Burney’s Gator career came in the home opener against Utah. He made a diving interception with less than a minute remaining on the clock to secure the win.

Florida has now had six players selected in the 2023 NFL draft. Quarterback Anthony Richardson came off the board first at pick No. 4 overall to Indianapolis, and Gervon Dexter Sr. (Chicago) and O’Cyrus Torrence (Buffalo) were Day 2 selections.


Ventrell Miller was the first player selected on Saturday at No. 121 overall to Jacksonville, which means both of Florida’s starting middle linebackers have been drafted. Wide receiver Justin Shorter is also headed to Buffalo after being the Bills’ fifth-round pick.

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