Jags Working Out First Round Pick

The draft is still roughly six weeks away and the Jacksonville Jaguars are narrowing down their final value board. This week they will be watching a player who has a very good chance of wearing teal this fall and it will take their 10th overall pick to get him.

The Jaguars will be at the University of Alabama Pro Day this Wednesday and the main star on display for Jacksonville will be inside linebacker Rolando McClain. McClain was one of the top defensive players in the nation last year and helped lead his Alabama Crimson Tide to the national title.

"When I came into college, I had goals," McClain said. "I accomplished all of those goals and I led a team to a national championship and an undefeated season. What better way to go out?"

McClain is known as a tackling machine as he recorded 105 tackles as a senior. As good as the 6'3", 254 lb. linebacker's tangibles are, his intangibles as an on-field leader may be even better.

"I'm a leader," McClain said when asked if he could be a leader right away at the next level. "I had to lead seniors as a freshman. My biggest thing is wanting to win. So if I have to be a leader in order for us to win, that's what I'll do, no matter the circumstance."

If the Jaguars pull the trigger on this talented linebacker it is likely that they'll keep him in the middle and return Daryl Smith to the outside linebacker position, a spot which he played during Mike Peterson's tenure in Jacksonville.

"I don't really know yet," McClain said when asked what position he'll play on the next level. "They haven't said. That's up to them. All I can do is play and do my best. I play with a middle linebacker mentality. It's what I'm comfortable with. I played the position."

This particular national champion doesn't believe that he'll have to come off the field.

"Obviously, I can do it," McClain said of staying on the field on third downs. "I did it in college. I never came off the field. I guarded running backs, tight ends, slot receivers. Obviously, the guys in the NFL are a little bit better but I know I can do it."

McClain sets a high bar for himself as he was asked which NFL player he would most like to emulate.

"I love Ray Lewis. I like the way he plays the game. He's one of the best to ever play linebacker. Not just his play, but the way he's able to get the guys up. He's inspirational and he's a real leader. That's why I pride myself after him."

The Jaguars were reportedly disappointed when McClain decided not to run at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. This decision has put somewhat of a target on McClain's back to run a good time at his pro day.

"I really don't care for pressure. It's football. Either you can run or you can't. I feel comfortable running and at my pro day I'll show it."

McClain expects to run in the 4.5's, according to him and if he does that he could be a lock to go to the Jaguars with the tenth overall selection. If he runs slower than that, all bets are off.

Charlie Bernstein is the Editor-in-Chief of JagNation.com, member of the Pro Football Writers of America, and also the co-host of CB Sports Radio on ESPN 1420 in St. Augustine, FL. You can contact him at charlie@jagnation.com or follow him on twitter @nflcharlie

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