2010 NFL Draft: Oakland Raiders’ Report Card

April 24, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

No. 8 Overall: Rolando McClain, ILB, Alabama
Grade: A
McClain was far-and-away the premier inside linebacker in the class. He's brilliant against the run, which is a big reason why he was selected. McClain comes from the 3-4 defense in Alabama, but most experts agree he has the best football IQ in the draft. This kid will adjust fine.
His best attributes are his natural instincts. He has been provided with great leadership by the best defensive coach in college football in Nick Saban.
Walter Cheripinsky (Walter Football.com) does not agree that it was a good pick. He originally gave it a Millen grade. Walt said that the positional value was awful in an e-mail to me yesterday.
It may have been, but who honestly gives a damn if you're going to pick the same guy by moving a few spots back to get the same player anyway? 
No. 43 Overall: LaMarr Houston, DT/DE, Texas
Grade: A-
Houston has so much versatility he can bring to a footb...

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