Raiders sign first-rounder McClain
The Oakland Raiders have signed linebacker Rolando McClain, their first-round pick and the eighth overall selection of the 2010 NFL Draft.
By signing McClain, the Raiders will open training camp in Napa (CA) with all of their rookies under contract.
Last year, McClain won the Butkus Award, which is given to college football's top linebacker, and helped to lead the Alabama Crimson Tide to a BCS Championship.
After the draft, R.J. White of NFL FanHouse gave the Raiders an "A" for their selection of McClain in the first round over the workout warriors they typically draft.
Many mock drafts had projected the Raiders selecting offensive tackle Bruce Campbell at that spot. Instead the Raiders waited and selected Campbell in the fourth round.
McClain becomes the third first-rounder to signed. The first two were Dez Bryant of Dallas and Devin McCourty of New England.