From the Boston Globe: As for inside linebackers, Alabama’s Rolando McClain is at the head of the class. He ended his junior season with 105 tackles and four sacks and earned the Butkus Award in helping to lead the Crimson Tide to a national championship.
McClain is the consensus top linebacker available.
At the NFL Combine in February, McClain said he is open to whatever position a team wants him to play, even if it means stepping out of his comfort zone.
“I play with a middle linebacker mentality,” McClain said. “It’s what I’m comfortable with. I play the position.” (Embedded below you can read more about the draft and how difficult it is to scout linebackers for the pro 3-4 when so many colleges run the 4-3.)