Draft Scout Snapshot:DS Rating on 1/19/10: #1 Junior ILB, Projected Rd: 1 for the 2011 NFL Draft 2008: 14 GP; 14 GS; 48 Sol-95 TT, 12 TFL, 3 SK, 1 INT, 6 PBU, 2 QBH, 2 FR; McClain not only established himself as one of the leaders on Alabama’s defense as a sophomore, but as one of the best linebackers in the SEC and the country ... the heady mike linebacker had a firm grasp of what the Crimson Tide was trying to accomplish in its complex 3-4 defensive scheme ... a finalist for the 2008 Butkus Award, which is given to the nation’s top linebacker ... third-team All-American by the Associated Press … a first-team All-SEC selection by the Associated Press, Sporting News, league coaches and Phil Steele ... has 23 career starts in his 27-game career and started all 14 games in 2008 ... made a team-high 95 tackles while being the focal point of opponent’s blocking schemes ... ranked 12th in the SEC at 6.8 tackles per game ... recorded 12 tackles for loss (-45) that ranked seventh in the league and 3.0 sack (-22) ... had six pass breakups, an interception and two fumble recoveries ... was on the Lombardi Award watch list ... earned the Alabama Coaches’ Defensive Player of the Week Award nine times in 14 games. 2007: 13 GP; 9 GS; 38 Sol-74 TT, 5 TFL, 1 SK, 2 INT, 4 PBU, 1 QBH; Played in all 13 games with eight starts, including starting in each of the first five games of the season ... was fourth on the team with 75 tackles on the season ... also had 5.0 tackles-for-loss, a sack, four pass breakups, three quarterback hurries and two interceptions to his credit ... had his best game at Auburn in the regular-season finale ... recorded a career-high 15 tackles to lead the team against the Tigers ... also made his first career interception and returned it 23 yards to the Auburn 19-yard line in the second quarter of the Iron Bowl game.
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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05/07/13 - LB Rolando McClain had a false identity charge dropped and entered a guilty plea to violating state regulations on window tinting.
McClain, 23, has a court date July 9 to answer charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest after an incident in April at a local park.
McClain did not appear in court Tuesday. He paid a fine of $186, which also covers court costs, stemming from the January window-tint matter after which he signed a citation with an expletive rather than his own name. That led to an additional charge of presenting authorities with false identity.
04/24/13 - The Baltimore Ravens said they are reviewing the events of Rolando McClain's Sunday arrest, but had no comment regarding the linebacker's status with the team, according to a Baltimore Sun report.
"There is due process on this, and we are paying attention to that," Ravens senior vice president for public and community relations Kevin Byrne told the Baltimore Sun.
McClain signed a one-year, $700,000 deal on April 12. The troubled linebacker was arrested April 21 and charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest after he allegedly hollered an expletive about police officers when they responded to a disturbance call in his hometown of Decatur, Ala.
The 23-year-old was released from jail on posting a $1,000 bond. Sunday's arrest was his third in 16 months, all in Decatur.
McClain's deal doesn't include a signing bonus, so he could be released without any cost.
04/10/13 - LB Rolando McClain is negotiating a contract with the Baltimore Ravens, who must replace their two starting inside linebackers from 2012.
"It's a move that can't go wrong and I'm looking forward to playing in Baltimore as the Ravens run the same or very similar defense as I was a part of at the University of Alabama," McClain told the Madison Weekly News. "Ray Lewis retired after winning the Super Bowl and I look to fill his slot. No one can fill his shoes, but I can fill his slot. I just want to fill out the shoes of Rolando McClain. This is a perfect fit for me personally.
"The offseason program in Baltimore begins next week. I've been working out on my own. Playing football is like riding a bike. You never forget."
McClain was the eighth overall pick in the 2010 draft but didn't last in Oakland, where production on the field were only part of the organization's issue. McClain was formally granted permission to seek a trade and, when interest wasn't there, released on waivers.
12/17/12 - MLB Rolando McClain returned from his two-game suspension and was inactive against the Chiefs. As a backup middle linebacker and special teams player, his services were not required. It's the first time McClain has been a healthy scratch since joining the Raiders as the No. 8 overall pick in the 2010 NFL draft.
"I just felt like we wanted to go with some other guys and we'd have him inactive this week," coach Dennis Allen said.
12/12/12 - MLB Rolando McClain returned to the team Wednesday after serving a two-game suspension following a meeting with coach Dennis Allen.
"I laid out exactly what the expectations are for him moving forward," Allen said. "Really that's about it. We're moving on from there. Rolando's part of this team and we're going to move on."
Allen did shed some light on what triggered the argument between player and coach that resulted in the suspension. McClain, who had already been removed from the nickel defense in favor of rookie Miles Burris after four games, was going to be second string in the 4-3 base defense as well behind Omar Gaither.
"Where we were at before the suspension is that he was going to fill backup role and work on special teams," Allen said. "That's where we're at and we'll see what happens come game day."