South Florida Senior
40: 5.10 (estimated)
Shows some upfield quickness with a nice first step to press the pocket. Shows closing burst to finish off the QB. Plays with a good motor, giving chase downfield and keeps working to the ball. Has the athleticism to show some range and can even drop off into coverage a bit. Effective on stunts and shows decent strength to develop more power.
Tends to rely on his first step to beat blocker and has limited technique. Needs to do a better job disengaging from blocker, and hasn't really develop many pass rush moves. Can get pushed around a bit inside because he doesn't do a great job getting leverage vs. the run. Needs to do a better job keeping his balance and can play out of control at times. Is not a factor when double teamed because of his lacking technique.
McClain is a guy that plays hard and flashes the quickness and athleticism you want in a one-gap defensive tackle. He was a three-year starter at USF that had fairly consistent production all three years. Combined for 81 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, and 7.5 sacks in those years as a starter.
McClain has enough potential and tools to think he can land a rotation spot for a 4-3 team. But he's raw, and he's not a guy that is going to merit a lot of playing time early in his career. If he can develop better technique, he has a chance to make an impact as a situational player. He'll never be a impact pass rusher, but down the road if he can a guy that can spell starters and give some production off the bench for 20-30 snaps. Eventually, he'll probably grow towards being a nose tackle in a 4-3 scheme, since he doesn't have quite the quickness to really impact as a 3-technique guy. He's several years away, but if he can impress a team with his good size/speed combo and high motor, he has a chance to develop.
McClain could push the Falcons current stable of tackles with Walker probably being the most vulnerable. Eventually they would fill the same niche, playing predominantly on running downs and giving the team 20 or so good snaps per game. But McClain doesn't really have the technique to beat out Walker as a rookie, but has probably more disruptive potential, which means he could land a practice squad spot and potentially be in a better position to win a role a year or two from now.
McClain merits a seventh round pick because of his above average athleticism and high motor.
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite
Point of Attack: 2.0
Pass Rush: 2.5
Scouting reports of the defensive tackles in the 2011 Draft.
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