Raiders Like McClain at Eight

Inside Linebacker was definitely on the list of draft needs for the Raiders, but most didn't expect the team to address those needs with the eighth overall pick. Still, the Raiders move on the top linebacker in the 2010 class in Rolando McClain, and he's an immediate weapon against the run.

With the eighth pick in the 2010 NFL draft, the Oakland Raiders selected Alabama linebacker Rolando McClain.

After a stellar three-year career with the Crimson Tide, capped off by a National Championship, McClain entered the draft as the top rated linebacker, inside or outside, according to

McClain has great size at 6-4, 249-lbs. to go along with impressive quickness at middle linebacker. Although he does not possess great straight-line speed, McClain works well in traffic and displays great instincts for the position.

The pick is somewhat of a surprise in that the Raiders were vocal about their need for an offensive lineman. Defensive tackle and corner were also areas of need. At the time of the pick, tackles Bryan Bulaga, Anthony Davis, Bruce Campbell, and Charles Brown were also available.

The McClain pick might also mean the end to Kirk Morrison's tenure in Oakland. The Raiders placed an original round (3rd) tender on Morrison during the offseason, and there has been some talk of the team wanting to move him during the draft.

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