Unlike previous drafts, there were no moans or groans after Roger Goodell announced the pick turned in by the Oakland Raiders.
Nope, this time around Al Davis played it safe and didn’t reach.
With a laundry list of needs longer than JaMarcus Russell’s belt, Al Davis chose to address his defense by selecting Alabama linebacker Rolando McClain with the 8th pick in the 2010 NFL draft.
McClain is the top ranked linebacker in the 2010 class and completed a stellar career at Alabama by celebrating a BCS championship. While plagued by some inconsistent play, McClain anchored one of the most feared defenses in college football and has good instincts in defending against the run.
By taking a linebacker, Al Davis has sent a clear message that no job is safe and perhaps sheds some light on why incumbent starter Kirk Morrison was given an original round tender.
Now all attention shifts to the offensive line where the Raiders are in dire need of an upgrade at the tackle positions.