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