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supa_fly_steeler
01-11-2010, 06:07 PM
Tuscaloosa, AL (Sports Network) - Alabama linebacker Rolando McClain will skip his senior season and enter the 2010 NFL Draft.

McClain announced his intentions to go pro at a press conference Monday and is considered among the top defenders entering April's draft. McClain anchored a stout Crimson Tide defense that ranked second in the country this season en route to a BCS national championship victory over Texas and an unblemished 14-0 ledger.

The 2009 Butkus Award winner as the nation's top linebacker and first-team All-American, McClain led the team in tackles with 105 and tackles for loss with 14 1/2 while adding four sacks, two interceptions and a forced fumble.

"I came to school with the goal of being a first-team All-American, winning the Butkus and winning a national championship. I've accomplished those goals, and I think I'm going to leave the University pretty satisfied with what I've done here," said McClain.

In his three seasons with the Tide, McClain totaled 275 tackles, 31 1/2 of those for a loss, with eight sacks, five interceptions and 19 passes defended.

"I'm not letting out any secrets here, but he is a projected first-round pick. Everybody here knows my philosophy on guys coming out early for the draft, that if you're projected to be that, that's something that I can support you on," said Alabama coach Nick Saban. "His leadership had as much impact on our team and our team's success since he's been here in the last three years - even in his freshman year - as anyone that I've ever been associated with."

Another bit of news to come out of Monday's press conference was Saban announcing defensive coordinator Kirby Smart will remain in his position with the team. Smart had been offered the defensive coordinator's position at Georgia.

http://www.tsn.ca/nfl/story/?id=305718

AllD
01-11-2010, 08:29 PM
Lesson #1: We need more help at secondary than LB.

Lesson #2: NEVER believe anything said by Nick Saban.

Aussie_steeler
01-11-2010, 08:53 PM
Add to that list

Maurkice Pouncey & Carlos Dunlap http://www.profootballweekly.com/2010/01/11/two-more-florida-juniors-declare

Rennie Curran Jonathon Dwyer Derrick Thomas http://www.profootballweekly.com/2010/01/11/four-georgia-tech-players-going-pro

This class is getting better by the minute

supa_fly_steeler
01-12-2010, 08:35 AM
Lesson #1: We need more help at secondary than LB.

Lesson #2: NEVER believe anything said by Nick Saban.

Id take McClain over Haden anyday... theres a reason the 49ers took Willis over Revis for an example, they needed both.

Patrick Willis is a beast, every team wants a Patrick Willis lol.

Godfather
01-12-2010, 09:17 AM
LSU safety Chad Jones is going pro.

supa_fly_steeler
01-12-2010, 09:20 AM
Add to that list

Maurkice Pouncey & Carlos Dunlap http://www.profootballweekly.com/2010/01/11/two-more-florida-juniors-declare

Rennie Curran Jonathon Dwyer Derrick Thomas http://www.profootballweekly.com/2010/01/11/four-georgia-tech-players-going-pro

This class is getting better by the minute

It certainly is Jason Worilds is going into the draft.

El-Gonzo Jackson
01-12-2010, 10:39 AM
Id take McClain over Haden anyday... theres a reason the 49ers took Willis over Revis for an example, they needed both.

Patrick Willis is a beast, every team wants a Patrick Willis lol.

I agree with that!!! Impact LB like that vs shut down corner is no contest IMO.

Pat Willis or Nate Clements??
Ray Lewis or Chris McCalister??
Keith Bulluck or Cortland Finnigan??

I think the LB's are more important to their teams than the corner.

xfl2001fan
01-12-2010, 02:28 PM
I agree with that!!! Impact LB like that vs shut down corner is no contest IMO.

Pat Willis or Nate Clements??
Ray Lewis or Chris McCalister??
Keith Bulluck or Cortland Finnigan??

I think the LB's are more important to their teams than the corner.

I think it depends on the situation though. Nate Clements, Chris McCalister and Cortland Finnigan are good CBs...but they are hardly mentioned when you talk about Elite CBs. Stabbit is always mentioned because the media loves the guy almost as much as he loves himself. Pat Willis has a hard earned reputation as one of the best young LB's in the league and Keith Bulluck is on par with some of the better LBs in the league.

Ray Lewis vs Champ Bailey? I take the CB (that one might be bias though)
Pat Willis vs Nmandi Ashoumouga/Revis? I take the CB on this one hands down.

Willis is good, but it's far easier to find top notch LBs than it is shutdown corners.

supa_fly_steeler
01-12-2010, 02:45 PM
I agree with that!!! Impact LB like that vs shut down corner is no contest IMO.

Pat Willis or Nate Clements??
Ray Lewis or Chris McCalister??
Keith Bulluck or Cortland Finnigan??

I think the LB's are more important to their teams than the corner.

Yeap, for me i would build my defense around a franchise linebacker not a cornerback.