2010 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Rolando McClain

  • Huge frame for ILB
  • Very long arms
  • Good level of production
  • Comfortable in coverage
  • Excellent tackling technique
  • Stacks and sheds blocks well
  • Very good pass rusher
  • Love his timing on blitzes
  • Nice agility; smooth change of direction
  • Highly experienced
  • Takes good angles to the ball
  • Stays in control
  • Nice versatility especially in 3-4 defense
  • Vocal leader
  • Intelligent
  • Very young prospect (20 years old)
  • Doesn’t take plays off
  • Outstanding instincts
  • Well versed in 3-4 defense

  • Unimpressive speed
  • Overpursues against run
  • Questionable 4-3 inside linebacker
  • Average sideline-sideline range
  • Good, but not an exceptional athlete
  • Could be exposed in man scheme
  • Doesn’t have huge upside
  • A little uncomfortable in space

    Summary: I really don’t think McClain is a 4-3 inside linebacker. The speed and lateral range just isn’t there for me, and I think he would be exposed because he will overpursue gaps. McClain is great for 3-4 teams because he can play inside, but also move over to the outside if needed temporarily. His best fits are at 3-4 inside linebacker and 4-3 strongside linebacker. McClain is a solid prospect who will likely come off the board in the top 20 picks.

    Player Comparison: Bart Scott. Scott has great instincts and size, and is a leader at inside linebacker in the 3-4 defense.


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