Breaking down Rolando McClain's situation

June, 1, 2012
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There is no question Oakland middle linebacker Rolando McClain is on the hot seat.

He has not played up to par for being the No. 8 overall pick in the 2010 draft and he is facing 180 days in an Alabama jail after he was recently convicted of an assault while using a gun last fall while he was away from the team to attend a family funeral. McClain is hoping a jury trial will end the case. Either way, he could face NFL discipline.

There is debate whether Oakland should try to move on from him or whether it should show patience and hope he develops under new coach Dennis Allen, a defensive specialist.

I checked in with Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. on the matter. He said it is a tough situation because the Raiders don’t have a suitable replacement for McClain, but he is not sure if McClain is worth keeping for the long term.

“I think he is a very average starting inside linebacker,” Williamson said. "He has not impressed me at all and is more or less just a downhill two-down player. That doesn’t cut it these days in the NFL, especially for where he was picked. … I would imagine that he makes a lot of money that could be used better down the road.”

Still, moving on from McClain now may prove difficult for Oakland.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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