All-American linebacker expected to be a first-round NFL draft pick, possibly as high as top 10
By Michael Casagrande
Rolando McClain will skip his final season at Alabama and enter the NFL Draft, the Crimson Tide linebacker announced at a news conference Monday.
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The Decatur, Ala., High product is expected to go in the first round of the April draft, possibly as high as the top 10.
The decision is hardly a surprise given McClain’s monster junior season that included a Butkus Award, All-American honors. There is also the issue of the rookie salary cap that applies to every incoming class after this season’s draft.
McClain made 105 tackles this past season — 14.5 behind the line of scrimmage, including two against Texas in the BCS National Championship Game.
In other news, Nick Saban told reporters in Tuscaloosa that Tide defensive coordinator Kirby Smart will remain at Alabama. Reports had indicated Georgia made a big-money offer to the Bulldog alum in attempts to bring him back to Athens in the same capacity.