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Old 01-11-2010, 12:14 PM   #1
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Alabama linebacker Rolando McClain, the centerpiece of the Crimson Tide's national championship defense, announced Monday that he was skipping his senior season to enter the NFL draft.

McClain won the Butkus Award this season as the top linebacker in college football and led the Crimson Tide in tackles. He was a three-year starter and has been calling the defensive signals since he was a freshman.

Alabama coach Nick Saban has called McClain one of the smartest players he's ever coached.

"I'm going to leave the university pretty satisfied with what I've done here," McClain said.

Most projections have McClain going in the top half of the first round.
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Old 01-11-2010, 12:16 PM   #2
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That's not a surprise. It will be interesting to see if we have a chance to get him...
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top 10 pick. lets hope we win that coin toss.
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Be sure to bring an ambulance and emergency response crew as well if we draft Cody. Dude might choke on a turkey leg during his draft party when he gets the big call.
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Wrong Alabama boy, bring the beef!

Holy hell, dude has more tires than the local Autoparts store.
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What really bothers me is that we'll probably be looking at McClain twice a year for years to come in the mustard and ketchup. Good story: Saban told McClain to dress up a bit and report to his office. McClain comes in, not knowing what's up, and sits down to talk to Saban. Suddenly, Dick Butkus walks in and hands him the award. Rolando said he just stood there with his jaw dropped.

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Be sure to bring an ambulance and emergency response crew as well if we draft Cody. Dude might choke on a turkey leg during his draft party when he gets the big call.
Ah, the cliques are forming up. This will be a fun off-season.
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If McClain is gone who is everybody's top choice?
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What really bothers me is that we'll probably be looking at McClain twice a year for years to come in the mustard and ketchup. Good story: Saban told McClain to dress up a bit and report to his office. McClain comes in, not knowing what's up, and sits down to talk to Saban. Suddenly, Dick Butkus walks in and hands him the award. Rolando said he just stood their with his jaw dropped.
Defensive line isn't a huge need for KC, IMO. They need a player such as Russell Okung to protect Cassel...
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Defensive line isn't a huge need for KC, IMO. They need a player such as Russell Okung to protect Cassel...
Well, McClain plays ILB. So it'll work for them methinks. All they've really got is Hali. They need some help there.
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Well, McClain plays ILB. So it'll work for them methinks. All they've really got is Hali. They need some help there.
...and Derrick Johnson for those days they play us.
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If McClain is gone who is everybody's top choice?
Right now my top 3 looks like so:

1. Sam Bradford (pipe dream I know)
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Ah, the cliques are forming up. This will be a fun off-season.
If we take Cody, I'm not going to be pissed because it is a high risk/high reward pick. It addresses a position of need, and if he can become an elite NT -- that'd be fine. I think there are better options available, and better players who are more capable of playing the position than he is.
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Holy hell, dude has more tires than the local Autoparts store.
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Right now my top 3 looks like so:

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3. Joe Haden
That's a pretty good priority.
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Old 01-11-2010, 12:51 PM   #21
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If McClain is gone who is everybody's top choice?
No clue, but I can tell you I don't want to see Haden, Bradford, or Bryant with their pick.
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If we take Cody, I'm not going to be pissed because it is a high risk/high reward pick. It addresses a position of need, and if he can become an elite NT -- that'd be fine. I think there are better options available, and better players who are more capable of playing the position than he is.
I think the Combine will be very important for Cody. He's got to prove he's willing to do what it takes to go to the next level. If he just lies around stuffing himself for a couple of months and shows up unable to perform, he's going to lose millions.
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If Cody falls to the Broncos and you have to choose between Cody and McClain, you take Cody. McClain is probably the safer pick, but you can't have a stellar 3-4 without a stellar NT and Cody is so damn big, you'd have to take a chance on him. Granted, it's an expensive chance, but the payoff is huge.
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A starting LB core of Ayers- McClain- DJ-Doom sounds good to me. We will see...
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