Preseason Profile: Kaelin Burnett, LB

Kaelin Burnett #57

College: Nevada
Height: 6’3½”
Weight: 234 lbs
Arm Length: N/A
Hand Size N/A


40 Yard Dash: 4.64
3 Cone Drill: 6.70
20 Yard Shuttle: 4.30
Bench Press: 20 reps
Vertical Jump: 34.5″
Broad Jump: 129″


Kaelin Burnett is the brother of Miami Dolphins linebacker Kevin Burnett. Kaelin began his career playing outside linebacker at Nevada, but was moved to defensive end right before his senior season . He is obviously not your prototypical defensive end at 234 lbs, but did show case his agility and notched 48 tackles, 8 tackles for loss, and 5 sacks in his senior season.

Kaelin’s road to the NFL was not easy though. He had to overcome shoulder surgery in 2008 and a very serious hip injury he suffered during spring practice before his senior season at Nevada. “I went up in the air to knock down a screen pass,” Burnett said in an interview with Joe Santoro from “I got pushed in the air and landed on my hip.” this wasn’t an ordinary hip injury though. “They told me they had never seen it before from a football injury,” Burnett said. “It was split open (vertically) all along the side. They said it was the type of injury rodeo cowboys usually get after they get knocked off a horse or bull.” Burnett was later told by doctors that he likely would no longer be able to play football again.

Burnett’s determination and love for the game of football were severely underrated by the doctors though. After losing his father before he was even born, Kaelin was partly raised by his brother Kevin and wanted nothing more than to follow in his footsteps. He grew to love the game of football and dreamed of playing in the NFL. That dream was not going to be destroyed without a fight. It took almost 2 months before Burnett could walk on his own again, but once he got back on his feet, there was no stopping him. Less than 2 months later he was back out on the practice field with his teammates.

Obviously, his determination can not be questioned, but where does Burnett fit on the Raiders defense? Burnett is working strictly with the linebackers right now and is a candidate for a 3-4 rush linebacker role and the SAM linebacker role in the 4-3. He also excelled on special teams during his time at Nevada and will without a doubt look to lock up a role there as well start his career in the NFL. In a recent interview with Chris Hansen of, Kaelin Burnett was asked about his expectations leading up to the draft “I’m happy if I get drafted or undrafted and go in as a free agent” Burnett said. “I’m just trying to get in the building, and once I get in the building, I don’t plan on leaving.”

Burnett will undoubtedly be a fun player to keep an eye on throughout camp, and we’ll see where his progress takes him now that he has his shot to make an NFL roster.






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