clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Some Teams Don't View Alabama LB Rolando McClain As A Top Ten Pick

Much of the draft talk surrounding the Kansas City Chiefs involves the name of Alabama LB Rolando McClain. At 6'4", 258 pounds and the SEC Defensive Player of the Year, it's hard to ignore what he could bring to the table.

However, there are some teams out there that don't view McClain as a top ten pick, according to former NFL scout Daniel Jeremiah.

I texted 6 different teams and all of them had McClain outside the top 10... He's best on air, Rare size + instincts, not a take-on thumper.

Jeremiah cited the "explosiveness" of other college linebackers, such as Rey Maualuga and Brian Cushing, and said McClain didn't jump out at you like others.

Still, though, I wouldn't underestimate the amount of stock Chiefs GM Scott Pioli puts in a cerebral player like McClain. Plus, the Chiefs connection -- Nick Saban -- is there.

Arrowhead Pride Premier

Sign up now for a 7-day free trial of Arrowhead Pride Premier, with exclusive updates from Pete Sweeney on the ground at Arrowhead, instant reactions after each game, and in-depth Chiefs analysis from film expert Jon Ledyard.