McClain signs, all hands on deck for practice


The Raiders announced the signing of their top draft pick Rolando McClain, on their Twitter account at a minute before midnight.

Terms for McClain’s contract, as the No, 8 overall pick from Alabama, were not disclosed.

Oakland also announced the signing on its Web site.

The Raiders gave $23.5 million in guaranteed money to Darrius Heyward-Bey, the No. 7 pick in the 2009 draft.

Having signed a contract, McClain should be available for comment following the Raiders first practice Thursday morning at Napa.

The Raiders will have walk-through style practices at 8:30 a.m. and 4:20 p.m. Thursday.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • Henry Lawrence

    Time to go to work!

  • 2nd

  • Ottomatic Raida

    yeeeaaa boy lets get rolling on 2010 and 3rd

  • Al is having a great offseason.

    Time to translate that onto the field.

  • Good news

  • Henry Lawrence

    Wow, does J. Veldheer really have 33 inch arms?

    How is that going to work?

    If it does, the idea O Lineman need long arms is out.

    He is working out at Center, and LT. @ 6’8″ with 33″ arms, how well can you reach/snap the ball?

    I need some stats on other C, and LT arm lenght.

  • Henry Lawrence

    Ummm, J. Ford is 5’9″ and he has 31″ arms.

    Average arm length for a 6’3″ OL is 33.5″

    What is up with this, How is he to block 6’3″ — 6’7″ DE/DT with way longer arms?

  • CollegeKid

    Bro arm length is a disadvantage, but it doesn’t mean he isn’t going to be able to block anyone. I would take a wager that he ends up playing another position besides LT in the future though.

  • bigd2010

    Jason Cole is the biggest blow hard.
    WTF i’m reading a so called article bout the Raiders, and this is what i get. f-ing f@g. Cole,I bet u cant wait to taste monte’s sour grapes.

  • Henry Lawrence

    I get that CK. 6’8″ is pretty tall for Gaurd, and a big leverage disadvantage for a Center.

    Looking at all of the starting OL and the recent drafts, Veldheer has the worst height to arm length in the leauge.

    If this was Boxing, he wouldn’t stand a chance against average competition.

    If he does well, it should put this idea to bed. Maybe.

  • NoMoreFargasForever

    Great another T-Rex OL just like Gallery!

  • Great great news..

  • bigd2010

    Um… O line is not boxing. Henry do you box or know anything about boxing? Punch yourself in the face for such a stupid statement. Who the hell would be average competition? Pro or Am? HE DOESNT EVEN BOX!!!! THIS IS FOOTBALL!!!! just to let you know you dont need a long reach to be a great boxer.

  • Pretty Rick

    I can see us going 9-7 & sneaking into the playoffs,,,10-6 would be exceptional, but 9-7 is more reallistic,,wich is still good. Im ready.

  • i can understnad the skepticism about anointing this team this year as contenders…


    considering the lack of depth and talent on both lines last year…

    considering the lack of size of our linebackers last year…

    considering the lack of depth on our o-line last year…

    considering the replacement of one of the greatest busts of all time with a vetera, competent QB…

    and considering the running back group that we now have…

    how can you not be enthusiastic about this new year…

    this team has some honest talent…

    we had a great draft and a great off-season…

    i am stoked about this new season…

    no caveats… no ifs or ands…

    this is going to be a good season…

    the best season we have had in a long time…

  • YoungAmerican

    Given Robert Gallery’s injury history, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Veldheer taking snaps at LG at some point in the season. I still think they’re going to try him out at LT, too, especially if Mario Henderson struggles. At least he and Campbell give the offensive line more depth than the Raiders had last year.

  • bowz

    Seeing I’ve coached O-line for about the past 10 years, I like to think I’m somewhat knowledgeable on the subject. Although arm-length is nice and gives the player an advantage, quick feet and knee-bend are much more important. In short, as long as his feet are good enough, he’ll be fine.

  • GG

    Veldheer will eventually be a full-time Guard.
    Campbell eventually a full-time Tackle.

  • raidertbone

    Bowz is right: in the run game, in particular, if you are quick off the ball, quick to lock up (and properly leverage your opponenet), then keep the feet driving, you’re in good shape. If you’ve got trap blocking schemes, you just have to make sure no unblocked lineman (or backer) shoots the gap and blows up a play. In pass blocking, you have to be quick enough to avoid the outside rush (more critical for tackles). With all this being said, you have to have a QB who can shift and move and be able to “feel” the pass rush. I think the only thing Ja-Drank-us felt last year was the extra weight on his frame and the Sizzurp buzz going on in his brain!

  • raidertbone

    Satele – Center
    Gallery – Guard
    Campbell – Guard
    Henderson – Tackle
    Walker – Tackle

    (possible starting lineup)

    Carlisle is still in the mix at Campbell’s spot, but then I think you move Campbell in as quickly as possible. I do see Campbell eventually sliding over to tackle and then throwing Veldheer in, but two rookies at once – not likely.

  • Just Fire Baby

    I got it the opposite GG.

    Campbell a guard, Jared the tackle.

  • GG

    Give us your reasoning why you think Veldheer = long-term tackle and Campbell = long-term guard?

  • GG

    Why i think what i did…

    Veldheer has incredible strength, and yes shorter arms. He’ll be a beast inside, working in a booth.

    Campbell is far more athletic, agile, but also has great strength. Campbell’s “off the charts” combine grades indicates that once he acclimates to pro-football he’ll be a no-brainer stalwart star pro-bowl tackle for the Raiders.

  • raidertbone

    I agree with GG. The only reason I think you insert Campbell in at guard is to give him on-field work early and get him acclimated. I think he will be a really good tackle, in the long run. Now whether you end up pairing him next to Veldheer or not remains to be seen. I think we still need another tackle and a center, after this year (I really liked Pouncey, but I like even more what we ended up with).

  • hwnrdr

    Good Morning Nation!!!

    GG…good to see you in here this morning!
    Tbine, JFB…Top of the morning to ya!

  • jdg3

    Nice to see McClain is signed. Let’s get this camp rolling, I want to see how he holds up in pass coverage. Go Raiders!

  • raidertbone

    Time to shock the Bolts, saddle the Donkeys and serve it up to the “Chefs”!!

  • bcz24

    Anyone see numbers on McClains deal yet?

  • Thec07

    Great Job “Other forces”…

  • hwnrdr

    Sorry…just noticed it…Tbone
    McClain in…lets get this season started!!!

  • Thec07

    raidertbone Says:
    July 29th, 2010 at 6:02 am
    Time to shock the Bolts, saddle the Donkeys and serve it up to the “Chefs”!!


    Amen Brethren…

  • RaiderRockstar

    “I just think, how can you do it any different?,’’ Cable said. “He just hasn’t done anything for three months.”


    in Fire Baby & Gradkowski’s defense … neither did JaMarcus and he got 25 starts!

  • RaiderRockstar

    Cable isn’t getting too slap-happy regarding Henderson, who will need to prove over the next month he can still be a top-quality run-stuffer.

    “I think John Henderson will come here and we’ll see what he’s got,” Cable said. “I expect a lot of big things out of him. Whether that makes him the starter or not or he gets to that point, he’ll determine that.’’


    if Desmond Bryant starts over John Henderson, Titans RB Chris Johnson will run for 150+ in Week 1

    Print That

  • Just Fire Baby

    My rationale…..

    Tom Cable knows more than I do. He has Campbell at guard and Jared at T.

    6’8, 310 is pretty slight by NFL O-line standards. I am afraid he will be a LT or not much else.

    Campbell is a guy who is freakishly athletic, but didn’t dominate at LT in college. Cable immediately put him at G, and that is where he will probably play, if he plays at all, his rookie year. If he succeeds, that’s where he will be.

    Just my opinion. I could be way-off, lol.

  • bcz24

    John Henderson aint gonna contain CJ on the perimeter…

  • hwnrdr

    Well, hopefully someone contains him in week 1!!! If we can win that game…big things are to come!
    And we all can print that!

  • Just Fire Baby

    CJ ran wild all year last year, but the Titans started 0-6.

    He can go for 180 yards, but if we hold VY to very little rushing and an inefficient passing day, 24 points should win it for us.

  • raidertbone

    I’d take 24 points in Week 1, REGARDLESS of the outcome!

  • RaiderRockstar

    John Henderson aint gonna contain CJ on the perimeter…


    CJ can run between the tackles too man

    the LB trio should be able to manage the perimeter, along with Seymour, Shaughnessy, Houston, etc.

  • RaiderRockstar

    think about the mentality of where we’re trying to go defensively. You got to stop the damn run. – Tom Cable

  • GG

    Fair enough assessment, just like hearing different povs. It’s not a “told ya so” thing with me ever.

  • hwnrdr

    Dam…if we can stop the run and then let Nnamdi and Co have a field day kind of year…shouldn’t we at least be Wild Card with potential danger?

  • hwnrdr

    I agree with GG…
    Always had his own opinion and never socked it to anyone! BTW: Does anyone still go on Raiderfans?

  • GG

    And yeah, Campbell and Veldheer (and Henderson before them) is only step one. We need more OL, annually, for a couple more drafts.

  • “if Desmond Bryant starts over John Henderson, Titans RB Chris Johnson will run for 150+ in Week 1”


    nothing like a true test (again) for our team on opening day. Almost did it last year. This year is different with a run-specific test. Got me at least a little bit concerned…

  • GG

    I dont go to RF, i only go to RaiderOutlawz but i havent been posting there for a few months.


    I also like here too. Hate that there are so many places to talk Raiders with RaiderNation. Always still wish there was just one site for all message boarding and every article/blog.

  • hwnrdr

    Yeah, I haven’t been on RF for over a year now. In fact, I don’t think I even got all of the issues of the magazine…haha! That’s ok though…I agree, I wish there were a one place stop to message/blog…but here, especially in the AM is a great place to be!

  • raidertbone

    Need more bodies around camp, covering the insides and outsides. If we had had that back in 2007, we might have all been more aware of some of the problems/pitfalls of Ja-Drank-us (aside from his long holdout).

  • bcz24

    This place has been pretty good all day for at least the last few days since RMR, Rico, and SeyOak have all disappeared.

  • raidertbone

    I find that our bloggers actually make fewer spelling errors than Wagaman at S&BI — and he supposedly does that (professionally) for a living. In this past issue, he kept consistently referring to the Denver HC as “Josh Daniels”