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2010 NFL Draft - Oakland Raiders
Alabama LB Rolando McClain
Alabama LB Rolando McClain
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Posted Apr 24, 2010


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Oakland Raiders

2010 NFL Draft Analysis
1st Round (1-16) | 31st Round (17-32) | 2nd Round | 3rd Round
4th Round | 5th Round | 6th Round | 7th Round | Top Free Agents

- CFN 2010 Draft Central
- 10 Biggest Reaches

2010 NFL Draft Team Analysis - AFC
EAST Buffalo | Miami
New England | NY Jets

WEST Denver | Kansas City
 Oakland | San Diego

NORTH Balt. | Cincinnati  Cleveland | Pittsburgh

SOUTH Houston | Indy
Jacksonville | Tenn.

2010 NFL Draft Team Analysis - NFC
EAST Dallas | NY Giants
Philadelphia | Wash.

WEST Arizona | San Fran.
Seattle | St. Louis

NORTH Chicago | Detroit
Green Bay | Minnesota

SOUTH Atlanta | Carolina
New Orleans | Tampa Bay

First Round 
Rolando McClain, ILB Alabama 6-3, 254
Overall Pick No. 8 CFN Overall Ranking: 15

WHAT?! The Oakland Raiders, the franchise that took Darius Heyward-Bey and some guy named Mike Mitchell made a … a … smart pick?! McClain isn’t really what the team needed personnel-wise, but for a team that needs high-character players and as many rock-solid playmakers as possible, this was a brilliant selection.

A peerless leader with an unquestioned football mind, he’s like a coach on the field. When Nick Saban gushes, that means something. He’s a bit tall for an inside linebacker and he was overrated having gotten a great reputation by playing on a high-profile team in a ton of big games, but he should be a long-time high level pro with great athleticism and tough tackling ability. Can he handle getting blocked on a regular basis? He benefitted from having a huge, talented line in front of him and has to prove he can consistently fight through the trash. But that’s nitpicking. Plug him in and let him go from Day One and enjoy for the next decade.
CFN Projection: First Round

Second Round  (from New England from Jacksonville)
Lamarr Houston, DT Texas 6-3, 305
Overall Pick 44 CFN Overall Ranking: 46

Oakland continues to make smart, solid picks. After taking Rolando McClain in the first round, the middle of the Raider defense is becoming locked up getting a quick run defender with phenomenal strength. Passing on Jimmy Clausen and Colt McCoy, though proves that Oakland is going to try to win games 7-3.

An interesting player with an interesting career, he was a 100-meter sprinter in high school and has kept much of his athleticism after bulking up to over 300 pounds. He’s a great worker who’s always going full-tilt and he can play anywhere in any scheme. The down side is his résumé, which was fine, but nothing amazing from a decent Texas career. Not as slippery and not as creative a pass rusher as he needs to be, once he’s blocked he stays blocked. He’ll be at his best playing as a one-gap playmaker whose job is get into the backfield and provide pressure.
CFN Projection: Third Round

Third Round 
Jared Veldheer, OT Hillsdale 6-8, 312
Overall Pick 69 CFN Overall Ranking: 135

Finally, Oakland had to be Oakland and it had to go with the measurable guy. It was a little bit of a shock that Al Davis didn’t go with workout warrior Bruce Campbell over Veldheer, a prospect. The Raiders needed a tackle, and while it might take a while, it’s a shot for the stars.

Very, very, big and very, very long, he’s still trying to fill out his frame after working to get to over 300 pounds. A terrific pass blocker at the lower level he erased all the mediocre talent he faced and showed the 5.09 speed and athleticism that most of the big-school tackle prospects would’ve dreamed of coming up with. He’s not used to beating up defenders and will have to get used to playing mean enough to get the attitude to match his athleticism. While he’s not polished, he has limitless upside.
CFN Projection: Third Round 

Fourth Round
Bruce Campbell, OT Maryland 6-6, 314
Overall Pick No. 106 CFN Overall Ranking: 69

You KNEW Oakland was going to take Campbell at some point. He’s the exact type of athlete the Raiders love to have, but he has one problem: he’s not good at playing football. However, early in the fourth round is a good spot to take the chance. This isn’t a reach for a player with all-timer raw tools, and it's an interesting pick to go along with Jared Veldheer in the third.

He came up with one of the greatest workouts in Combine history blazing a 4.84 40 and 34 reps on the bench. He looked cut, showed off the body of a tight end, and moved like a much smaller player. The athleticism is unquestioned, but he needs a ton of work at becoming a football player. Not being able to block is usually an issue for an NFL tackle, and he doesn’t use his strength of athleticism nearly enough. Someone will fall in love with the idea of his athleticism and will take the chance on getting a special talent, but it’s buyer beware.
CFN Projection: First Round

Fourth Round   (from Jacksonville)
Jacoby Ford, WR Clemson 5-9, 186
Overall Pick 108 CFN Overall Ranking: 60
Al Davis loves his speed, and he got the fastest player in the entire draft to give Bruce Gradkowski a deep weapon to work with. With Louis Murphy and Darrius Heyward-Bay already in the receiving corps, the Raiders will have the fastest wideouts in the NFL. Stretching the field won’t be a problem.

4.24. Speed, speed, speed, speed, speed. He might not be big, he might have holes in his game as a pure receiver, and he might have major durability concerns, but there’s no substitute for raw warp wheels. Not only does he go from 0-to-60 in a hiccup, but he can also blow past anyone when he gets the ball in his hands. He’s never going to be a polished receiver and he’ll never block anyone, but who cares? Does anyone complain that DeSean Jackson isn’t physical? Make him a No. 3 target who has to make one big play a game, and he’ll do it.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

Fifth Round  
Walter McFadden, CB Auburn 5-11, 172
Overall Pick 138    CFN Overall Ranking: 175

A safe late pick, McFadden might not be the pure measurable guy that Oakland usually likes to go with, he has great upside. He’ll get time to develop as a nickel and backup defender in the great Raider secondary.

Very quick and stand-out speedy on the field, he’s able to stay with the quicker receivers and is aggressive enough to not get shoved around by the bigger ones. However, he’s not a tough tackler and lets too many plays slip through his arms. If he can hit the weights a bit be surrounded by a few good defensive backs, he’ll be fine. If he has to make things happen on his own, he’ll be in trouble. He’s a better player than his basics, and he could be a lot better as his career goes on.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

Sixth Round (from New England)
Travis Goethel, LB Arizona State 6-2, 240
Overall Pick 190 CFN Overall Ranking: Free Agent

A decent athlete with enough upside and a good enough résumé to get a long look. He has to get much stronger to work more on the inside, but he’s a tackler who’ll be tough to cut.

Good size. Has the height and the the look to get a big bigger. … Makes every tackle. He brings down everything he gets to. … A decent athlete with just enough skill to move to the outside if needed. Can be tried out almost anywhere. … Gets held up. Doesn’t shed well enough. … Not much of a pass rusher at an NFL level. No elite quickness. … Will be more of a run defender. Not going to get much work in pass coverage.
CFN Projection: Free Agent

Seventh Round 
Jeremy Ware, CB Michigan State 5-10, 183
Overall Pick 211 CFN Overall Ranking: Free Agent

A Raider mainly because he has terrific speed, he isn’t going to make the roster with all the other defensive back talent on the team. However, he could be a gunner on coverage teams and might find a role as a backup nickel back.
CFN Projection: Free Agent

Seventh Round
Steven Brown, S Michigan 5-11, 214
Overall Pick 251 CFN Overall Ranking: Free Agent

A tweener in a strange sort of a way, he’s part linebacker and part safety, but he’s not quite fast enough at an NFL level for either job. The Raiders will want him as a special teamer and a part-time linebacker to add a physical presence on third downs and pure passing downs.
CFN Projection: Free Agent