McFadden Excited About Joining Raiders

Cornerback Walt McFadden will get his shot to play professionally for the Oakland Raiders.

Auburn, Ala.--Cornerback Walter McFadden became the second Auburn player selected in the 2010 National Football League Draft.

The Oakland Raiders made McFadden their selection with the seventh pick in the fifth round. McFadden was the 138th overall player taken in the draft. His teammate, running back Ben Tate, was the 58th player selected going to the Houston Texans in round two.

Walt McFadden

McFadden notes that he was not happy that he wasn't invited to the NFL Combine, but was able to show his skills in a combine setting at Auburn's pro day where he performed well.

He says by the time he was selected on Saturday, he notes he wasn't as concerned about the slight by the pro teams. "I just took it that I was blessed to be among the top players once they put out the final ratings," he says.

However, having to wait until the third and final day of the draft to get a phone call telling him that he was drafted caused anxious moments, he notes. "The nervous part came just from talking to teams and they say they are going to get you, but they don't get you."

He notes that he watched the draft on team at his family's home in Florida and that is where he was when he got his draft phone call from the Raiders. However, he didn't tell his family and friends about it so they didn't learn about the selection until they watched in live on TV, setting off a celebration at his family's home.

McFadden did not do a private workout for the Raiders and notes that he was a bit surprised that was the team that drafted him. However, he had known they were interested. "I had visited the Raiders so I guess my visit went pretty well," he says.

The cornerback notes that he is excited that he will be joining former Auburn teammate defensive end Quentin Groves on the roster of the Raiders. Groves was traded this weekend to Oakland from Jacksonville. "I felt like just having him there is a great asset for me," McFadden points out, adding it will be good to have a friend on the roster who has experience as an NFL player.

Another former Tiger, quarterback Jason Campbell, was traded from the Washington Redskins to the Raiders this week. Although McFadden did play with Campbell, who finished his Auburn career after the 13-0 2004 season, he knows the quarterback.

"When I came in as a freshman to Auburn, he was just leaving, but I had gotten to talk with him a couple of times when he came back and talked to the team to tell us his goals and how he did it," McFadden notes.

McFadden understands the NFL?trade process. His brother, Bryant McFadden, was just traded from the Arizona Cardinals to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

On Thursday the former Auburn player will begin his pro career by attending a mini-camp.

McFadden played in 49 games for the Tigers and started 25 times, including all 12 games his junior year and all 13 this past season.

For his career he made 60 solo tackles with 27 assists and intercepted nine passes returning them for a total of 265 yards.

As a senior McFadden made 36 solo tackles with 10 assists. He intercepted six passes and returned them for a total of 154 yards with two going for touchdowns. He also deflected 14 passes.

Walt McFadden runs the 40-yard dash for NFL scouts at Auburn's pro day.

McFadden came to Auburn from Ely High in Pompano Beach, Fla. He redshirted in 2007 and played as a reserve the following two seasons.

As a senior he earned second team All-SEC honors and finished his career as third in AU history in interception return yardage with 265, trailing only David Langner (287) and Brian Robinson (271). McFadden graduated in the spring of 2009 with a degree in public administration.

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