Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports is back at it with his positional rankings, this time breaking down NFL team’s linebacking units.
Cole rated the Raiders linebackers 17th in the NFL, the highest Oakland has ranked in any of the six positions done by Yahoo! so far this summer.
17. Oakland: The Raiders made two really nice pickups this offseason at linebacker. The best move was taking Alabama linebacker Rolando McClain in the first round of the draft. The second was trading for Kamerion Wimbley, even if Wimbley isn’t exactly your prototype 4-3 outside linebacker. McClain is a no-nonsense, driven player who has a chance to be another Patrick Willis. That may be saying a lot, but McClain is the rare inside linebacker who can justify being selected in the top 20. As for Wimbley, his pass rush skills are solid, although he needs to play with more urgency all the time. The big question is whether he’ll ever figure out coverage. As for the rest, Trevor Scott and Thomas Howard will duel for the other outside linebacker spot and the depth is good.
What do you guys think? Is Cole’s assessment of the Raiders linebackers correct or should they rank higher?