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Rolando McClain

Rolando McClain
NFL Draft Scouting Report

Inside Linebacker

Alabama


College Position: Inside Linebacker
School: Alabama
Grade: Junior
Height: 6-4
Weight: 255
Birthdate:
Draft Projection: Top 10
Overall Rank: 6
NFL Draft Position (Rank): Inside Linebacker (1)

Draft Result

Drafted in the 2010 Draft by the Oakland Raiders in the 1st round with the #8 pick.
Rolando McClain is the best middle linebacker to enter the draft since Patrick Willis in 2007. At 6-4 250lbs he will be a force in the middle and a matchup nightmare for most guards. One of the biggest impacts McClain will have is in the locker room. He lives in the film room and provides a quarterback for the defense. This was a surprise selection by the Raiders because McClain is tremendous football player and not just a great athlete with raw talent.

Strengths

  • Highest football IQ of any player at any position in the draft. McClain makes adjustments at the line of scrimmage and does an excellent job of communicating. Most teams drafting in the top 10 are craving this type of leadership.
  • A big hitter in pass defense
  • Hard to block when blitzing. Not only a big target, but also has a great understanding of how to time a blitz
  • Runs through ballcarriers and rarely misses a tackle
 

Weaknesses

  • This is a unique weakness: Can McClain play in a 4-3? Spent entire college career in a 3-4 and might be too big to play 4-3 MLB
  • Must improve sideline to sideline quickness
  • Not as consistent as you would expect from a top player

News

2011 NFL Draft Pick Analysis: Which Positions Provide the Best Value - Mar 17 (Fran Duffy)
NFL Draft Slot Analysis: Do First Round Draft Slots Matter - Mar 13 (Fran Duffy)
2010 Pre-Season All Defensive Rookie Team - Aug 22 (Dan Wernery)
2010 NFL Draft: PRE Pre-Season All-Rookie Team - Defense - May 17 (Chris Maier)
2010 NFL Draft Grades: AFC West - May 9 (Chris Maier)
2010 NFL Draft Grades: NFC East - Apr 29 (Chris Maier)
2010 NFL Draft: Winners, Losers and More Through Day Two - Apr 23 (Chris Maier)
2010 NFL Draft: Dan Wernery Plays GM for AFC Teams (Day Two) - Apr 23 (Dan Wernery)
2010 NFL Draft: Raul Colon's Mock Draft - Final Edition - Apr 21 (Chris Maier)
2010 NFL Draft: 10 Can't-Miss Prospects - Apr 17 (Chris Maier)
2010 NFL Draft: Dan Wernery Plays GM for NFC Teams - Apr 15 (Dan Wernery)
2010 NFL Draft: Late Round Sleepers - Inside Linebacker - Apr 12 (Raul Colon)
2010 NFL Draft: Dan Wernery Plays GM for AFC Teams - Apr 6 (Dan Wernery)
2010 Intersite NFL Mock Draft - Mar 16 (Chris Maier)
Pro Day Re-Cap: March 3rd - March 12th - Mar 13 (Chris Maier)
Raul Colon's 2010 NFL Mock Draft - Post Combine - Mar 7 (Raul Colon)
2010 NFL Draft - Unofficial Declared Underclassmen List - Jan 15 (Chris Maier)
2009-10 Bowl Game Preview: BCS National Title Championship Game - Jan 7 (Chris Maier)
2009-10 Bowl Game Preview: Alamo Bowl - Dec 30 (Chris Maier)
2010 Post-Thanksgiving Mock Draft - Two Rounds - Nov 28 (Chris Maier)
2010 NFL Draft: Mid Season Mock Draft - Oct 24 (Dan Wernery)
Feeling a Draft: Sam Bradford at a Crossroads - Oct 20 (Chris Maier)
Feeling a Draft: Ndamukong Suh a Candidate for #1 Overall? - Oct 13 (Chris Maier)
2010 NFL Draft: Top 10 LB Prospects - Jul 27 (Dan Wernery)

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