The Raiders threw the first semi-surprise of the NFL draft Thursday night, taking LB Rolando McClain with the eighth overall pick.
While most teams to this point have stayed true to their positional needs, the Raiders went defense. This might show that Oakland isn’t overly enamored with starter Kirk Morrison. McClain is a very smart, rangy linebacker who could be a big-time player.
There are some questions as to whether McClain is a three-down linebacker, but he’s definitely a big-time player. Interesting pick.