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The Tape Doesn't Lie: Rolando McClain

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While Mel Kiper and Todd McShay are usually good for a laugh, I have found that they and most of the other so called "analysts" out there rarely give much useful analysis on players beyond generalizations, measurables of height, weight and speed and where they happen to be on their board.  So lets get some real analysis from the best source out there, the tape, on some of the Chiefs potential picks at number 5.

First up: Rolando McClain, ILB, Alabama

Now just to be clear,  I am just some guy who likes the Chiefs. I don't claim to be good at scouting, but I do have two eyes and the ability to see what a player did in a particular play.  (especially when someone puts a nice little box over him before the play starts) Because of my obvious lack of expertise, I  provide the tape here so you don't have to take my word for it.  I welcome any disagreements with my analysis.

Tape 1

 

Universal Draft Presents LB Rolando McClain of Alabama - Part 1 of 2 (via ckparrothead)

Tape 2

 

Universal Draft Presents LB Rolando McClain of Alabama - Part 2 of 2 (via ckparrothead)

Strengths:

Taking on Blockers

McClain is incredibly strong. He repeatedly takes on offensive linemen with little or no difficulty and either sheds the block or stands them up.  The times he does get blocked out it is usually because the lineman took him at an angle and not head on.

Pass Coverage

McClain seems to do a decent job in pass coverage. He stays with his man and is able to follow the quarterbacks eyes well.  In man coverage he does seem to make contact too the point where he may get flags in the NFL, and in zone coverage he sometimes seem to back up a bit too far. Overall however he seems to do better than expected here.  

Weaknesses:

Blitzing

McClain has a lot of difficulty getting to the QB on blitzes.Anytime he gets picked up by a lineman he is stoned and goes nowhere.  The few times he does pressure the QB he is unblocked and comes clean through the line. I don't give players credit for running from point A to point B, that's just benefiting from scheme.

Lateral Pursuit

Several times McClain is beaten to the edge by running backs. He does not seem to chase well or to have very good speed.  When the play is away from him he seems to make little effort to pursue.

Tackling Technique

I was amazed by, what I percieved at least, as poor tackling.  McClain more often then not hits the ball carrier in the chest or shoulder area, and seems to rely on brute force to wrestle them down. While that may work in college it won't fly in the NFL. He has to learn to put shoulder to hip and wrap up.

Trick Plays

Seems to get fooled easily on misdirection plays

Final Take:

I don't think McClain is worthy of a top ten pick. He has too many holes in his game.  I would put him a decent amount below Patrick Willis and he went 12.

 

 My take on all 90 plays contained in these videos:

  1. Slow pursuit, a safety coming from 10 yards behind McClain actually makes the play
  2. Average tackle, still looks slow closing to the ball carrier
  3. Tackles high, has to wrestle the runner to the ground
  4. Tackles high, has to wrestle the runner to the ground
  5. Tackles high, has to wrestle the runner to the ground
  6. Gets completely juked and misses tackle
  7. Plays decent zone pass coverage and makes a tackle for short gain, still tackles high
  8. Good play. Spies the quarterback and makes a solo open field tackle when he tries to run.
  9. Good play.  Tackle for a loss, tackling technique still requires him to throw the running back down instead of making a solid hit.
  10. Tackles high, jumps on QB’s back.
  11. Good play.  Tackle for a loss, tackling technique still requires him to throw the running back down instead of making a solid hit.
  12. Tackles high, doesn’t even complete tackle, only stops forward progress.
  13. Misses a tackle in the open field on a receiver crossing over the middle
  14. Good play. Reads the pass and closes on the running back for a short gain
  15. Good play. Moves through traffic and makes a solid hit on the running back for a short gain.
  16. Makes a tackle in deep zone coverage after a completion in front of him
  17. Cleans up after a teammate makes initial contact
  18. Pursuit is slow, allows running back to take the corner, makes a shoelace tackle
  19. Decent man coverage, follows quarterbacks eyes, stays on man
  20. Good man coverage, turns hips well, stays on man, follows QB’s eyes
  21. Bumps receiver but then lets him release, doesn’t take part in the play
  22. Decent zone coverage. Causes receiver to drop the ball because he was scared to get drilled
  23. Zone coverage. Again tackles high.
  24. Zone coverage. Receiver drops ball.
  25. Man coverage, makes contact with reciever
  26. Zone coverage, follows QB eyes well and tips pass
  27. Man coverage, does a good job of getting underneath the receiver, may have had a pick if the ball was thrown there
  28. Zone coverage, nothing really good here, pass is completed near him and he doesn’t make the tackle
  29. Throws a tight end to the ground
  30. Gets caught in the pile
  31. Takes on a guard and sheds the block well
  32. Takes on an interior lineman and sheds the block well. Still makes a high tackle but its understandable in this case
  33. Able to free himself from a blocker and pursuer the running back
  34. Takes on an offensive lineman well
  35. Gets blocked out of the play
  36. Man coverage, not involved in play
  37. Takes on a blocker well and sheds him, makes tackle but again a little high
  38. Misses tackle
  39. Takes on offensive lineman and pushes him to the ground
  40. Falls down
  41. Blocked out of play
  42. Hit by two blockers and still gets in on the tackle, good job here
  43. Tripped up, caught in traffic
  44. blocked out of play
  45. misses tackle/blocked out of play
  46. stands up blocker
  47. stands up blocker
  48. stands up blocker
  49. stands up blocker
  50. blocked out of play
  51. man coverage, makes contact with receiver
  52. sheds block but doesn’t make tackle
  53. blocked out of play
  54. blocked out of play, unable to pursue
  55. stands up blocker, makes tackle
  56. caught in traffic, unable to pursue
  57. (PART 2) blitzes, can’t get through the line
  58. blitzes, can’t get through the line
  59. blitzes, can’t get through the line
  60. blitzes, can’t get through the line
  61. blitzes, can’t get through the line
  62. gets some pressure on QB after he leaves the pocket
  63. gets a lucky bounce for a pick in zone coverage
  64. blitzes, can’t get through the line
  65. blitzes, can’t get through the line
  66. Good blitz, good pressure on QB, came free
  67. Good blitz, good pressure on QB, came free
  68. blitzes, can’t get through the line
  69. blitzes, can’t get through the line
  70. Good blitz, good pressure on QB, came free
  71. Beats block by RB, gets pressure on QB
  72. blitzes, can’t get through the line
  73. blitzes, can’t get through the line
  74. Good blitz, gets pressure on QB
  75. loses QB to the outside
  76. play made away from him, pursuit seems slow
  77. play made away from him, pursuit seems slow
  78. fooled by a reverse, pursuit is slow
  79. play made away from him, pursuit seems slow
  80. reads QB’s eyes and moves to potential receiver
  81. misreads play, left standing in no man’s land
  82. pursuit is slow, running back gets the corner
  83. not involved in play but in good position
  84. play made away from him, pursuit seems slow
  85. moves to blitz but then pulls up, ends up doing nothing
  86. blitzes, can’t get through the line
  87. tracks QB well, takes on blocker well
  88. blocked out of play, pursuit seems not only slow but half-hearted
  89. perimeter play, pursuit seems not only slow but half-hearted
  90. caught out of position misses tackle

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Arrowhead Pride's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Arrowhead Pride writers or editors.

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