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Rolando McClain (LB)
  • Height:
    6'3"
  • Weight:
    254 lbs.
  • Arm Length:
    33 in.
  • Hand Size:
    9 3/8 in.
  • College:
    Alabama
  • Conference:
    SEC
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Selected by: Oakland Raiders
Round: 1
Pick (Overall): 8 (8)
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Pick Analysis: The selection of Rolando McClain came as a surprise to some, but it's a sensible pick based on the Raiders' struggles against the run. McClain is a stout "Mike" linebacker with exceptional instincts. He gives Oakland a more physical presence inside. With the Raiders not satisfied with Kirk Morrison's play, the decision to add McClain was a reflection of a desire to improve the middle of the defense.

Overview

McClain has great length and strength for the position and has been the Crimson Tide's most active defender in 2009. Rolando is an instinctive player that makes all the calls from the middle linebacker position. He sheds blockers well to leverage the ball and understands angles to maintain proper run fits to the line of scrimmage. McClain is disruptive attacking a crease when blitzing the quarterback. He is powerful as a tackler and keeps good balance in the open field. McClain is somewhat limited in man coverage and may be a liability in this phase of his game at the next level. He does understand route progressions and can be effective in short zone coverage schemes. McClain is a good football player that should have an immediate impact as a rookie on special teams while working into a starting role.


Strengths

McClain’s been an extremely productive player during his time at the college level. He has ideal size and toughness for an inside linebacker. Is stout vs. the run and doesn’t mind playing in a phone booth. Plays with a high motor. Possesses elite instincts – was essentially a coach on the field at Alabama. Displays impressive hand usage when disengaging from blockers.

Weaknesses

McLain only possesses adequate lateral quickness when scraping down the line against the run. Is capable in coverage but can struggle at times when asked to play man. Very sound in his reads and pursuit but isn’t a true sideline-to-sideline guy against the run.

Grade

8.4

 

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