LB Rolando McClain has been released by the Oakland Raiders. Unfortunately, he’s going down as as another incredulous first-round draft bust for the Silver and Black. In actuality, McClain isn’t that bad of a player. He just fell short of the immense expectations placed on him coming out of Alabama in 2010.
Back then, we mocked McClain to the Giants at #15 in several scenarios. The Raiders pulled the trigger on McClain at #8 and the Giants took JPP later on in the round. Looks like the Raiders saved the Giants some grief back then.
But what about now? Should the Giants explore McClain now that the expectations and price tag have dropped considerably….? They have Dan Connor and Mark Herzlich on the inside already, but this kid was supposed to be a major talent. Maybe a change of venue will help him recognize his potential.
From Rotoworld: McClain is owed base salaries of $4.005 million (2013) and $5.805 million (2014), so it’s a safe bet that he’ll clear waivers. He will generate some interest once he hits the open market. McClain is a two-down inside linebacker with next to no coverage ability and has off-field issues, but he’s a serviceable run defender and is only 23 years old. It’s perhaps worth noting that new Browns GM Mike Lombardi — an NFL Network analyst at the time — compared McClain to former Giants great Pepper Johnson coming out of Alabama in 2010. Cleveland could use competition at the inside linebacker position next to D’Qwell Jackson.
What do you think? Should the Giants kick the tires on McClain?