The Oakland Raiders have made some odd picks in the first round in recent years and, as such, may have made an even odder pick considering how much Alabama inside linebacker made sense.
The Raiders have struggled against the run, giving up more rushing touchdowns over the past seven years than any other team in the league and ranking 30th in the NFL in rush defense last year.
Middle linebacker Kirk Morrison had developed into a fan favorite and steady producer, but his marginal straight-line speed made him a liability in the eyes of the Raiders.
Al Davis rarely takes linebackers in the first round. His club hadn't taken once since 1994, but in the physical McClain, Al Davis added to his collection of former trophy winners. McClain, of course, won the Butkus Award last year.