- No: 55
- Height: 6’3”
- Weight: 255
- Birth date: 07/14/1989
- College: ALABAMA
- Acquired: Selected in the 1st round (8th overall) of the 2010 NFL Entry Draft
The Oakland Raiders selected Alabama linebacker Rolando McClain with the 8th overall selection in April’s draft.
At middle linebacker for the Alabama Crimson Tide, McClain was part of Nick Saban’s first recruiting class, quickly becoming the signal caller on defense and eventually winning the Butkus Award in 2009. The unanimous All-American first team selection becomes the first linebacker to be taken by the Silver & Black since Napoleon Harris, who was chosen in the first-round in 2002.
At 6’3, 254 pounds, McClain provides the Raiders with bulk and playmaking ability in the middle of the formation.
McClain replaced Kirk Morrison and quickly gained the respect of teammates: “Man, he’s bigger than I thought he was,’’ veteran linebacker Thomas Howard stated of the rookie. “He works hard, he’s a smart player and he jumped right in and he was able to control the defense. Like a middle linebacker is supposed to, he has great feet to be such a big guy, humble, hard worker.”
He talked about what he will bring to Oakland when he got drafted: “Just my intensity, not just as a football player but as a leader, teammate and friend to these guys. I’m accustomed to winning. I know these guys are, and just ready to get back to winning the way we used to win. I know the Raiders haven’t had a great season the past few years, but I mean, hey, everything’s made to turn around, everything happens for a reason, and I think Coach Cable as well as myself and a lot of these other guys are gonna turn this program around, and we’re gonna get back to winning, get back to the playoffs, get back to having fun and playing good football.”