I am not a scout and do not pretend to play one on the Internet. I'm not a personnel guy. I don't know squat about grading players or projecting players. My gig is to tell you what the scouts I speak with tell me.
But I know a good football player when I see one. And I know a great one when I see one.
I haven't watched Rolando McClain enough to give a fair judgment on whether he's good or great. But in watching the videos below I kept waiting for the monster raves about to show up. And I waited. And I waited.
And that guy never showed.
I expected Ray Lewis. I expected Mike Singletary.
I got Rolando McClain. Just Rolando McClain.
I saw a guy that made routine plays. I saw a guy that didn't seem faster or more explosive than everyone else on his defense. I saw a guy that tackled high. I saw a guy that usually took the right path to the ball carrier, but not always. I saw a lot of tackles in which he cleaned up, rather than was the first guy on the scene. I saw a good, not great, blitzer.
I was impressed by McClain's ability in pass coverage. That stood out for me.
But dominant as a run-stopper? A man to be game-planned for? A game-changer?
I failed to see that.
What am I not seeing? What am I missing here?
All the draft pundits claim McClain is special, that he's the second coming of Dick Butkus. Well, McClain won the Dick Butkus Award last year, but I failed to see him as Dick Butkus.
I saw a player that played well on an outstanding defense. I saw a guy that obviously understood his assignments and carried them out. But this guy isn't even Patrick Willis, in my humble opinion.
So watch the videos and you tell me. What am I missing?
I'm two people from the magic 3k on twitter. Get me there and I'll stop whining about it already.