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Post-Draft Outlook:BEST PICK: Linebacker Rolando McClain: A physical force and a natural leader on a defense that has ranked 29th, 31st and 31st over the past three years. A common sense pick at No. 8 overall to address a major weakness.
A closer look at the Raiders' picks: Round 1/8 -- Rolando McClain, LB, 6-3, 254, Alabama, With tackles Trent Williams and Russell Okung off the board, the Raiders made McClain the highest selected linebacker in franchise history. - by The Sports Xchange
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09/15/14 - LB Rolando McClain led the defense with seven tackles, a sack, a quarterback hit, a tackle for a loss, an interception and a pass deflection. He has a been a huge find for the Cowboys at middle linebacker and will only get better the more he plays, considering he missed all of last season in semi retirement. "He's a physical football player," coach Jason Garrett said. "He has good instincts. He's very productive defending the run and making plays in the passing game. He plays with a demeanor and spirit that you want."
09/11/14 - LB Rolando McClain led the Cowboys with eight tackles against the 49ers and will have a bigger role in the nickel against the Tennessee Titans in place of the injured Justin Durant.
08/29/14 - LB Rolando McClain is making progress in his return to the NFL after sitting out last season in semi retirement. He has shown flashes of the star potential that made him ninth overall pick of the Oakland Raiders in 2011. But he is not a finished product and the Cowboys are not counting on him to be the savior on defense.
"I don't think Rolando is going to be the savior of this team," Jones said. "We don't have Sean Lee but Rolando does have the skill level to come in here and really add to what we can do. But we're going to need of him. But I don't want anybody to think I expect him to be Dick Butkus or even Sean Lee. That's not there.
"You're a little excited when you see some of the things he does physically, but he hasn't played for a year and a half. Let's let him just come in here and when he gets in a game, he may be the fifth guy in or he may be coming in after we've had a couple of series, but let's watch him come in here and let us play. I say that because I don't want him or anybody else to think that we think he's the savior of our defense. That's not the way it is."
08/21/14 - LB Rolando McClain returned to practice Thursday after missing Wednesday with cramps. He is expected to play with the starters against the Dolphins Saturday.
08/20/14 - LB Rolando McClain missed practice Wednesday because of cramps. It's a concern because the team was giving him looks with the first team and he retired last season. The Cowboys are not questioning his desire at this point but it's important he prove he can be counted on to practice every day before being given a starting job.