The Oakland Raiders have signed linebacker
The 6-3, 255-pound McClain was selected by the Silver and Black in the first round with the eighth overall pick out of Alabama, where he earned the Butkus Award as the nation’s top linebacker and helped the Crimson Tide win the BCS National Championship.
McClain was a unanimous first team All-American selection and anchored a defense that ranked fourth nationally in total defense last year. McClain started 37 of 41 games in three collegiate seasons, totaling 275 tackles, eight sacks, five interceptions and 31.5 tackles for a loss during his career at Alabama.
The transaction completes the signings of Oakland’s nine-player draft class prior to the start of Training Camp practices this week in Napa, Calif.