After losing to the Bengals this past Sunday, the Oakland Raiders have released two former top 8 NFL Draft picks. Respectively, the #4 and #8 picks are both linebackers.
Aaron Curry in 2009 was drafted by Seattle, and Rolando McClain by the Raiders in 2010. As we’ve all seen before, the Bengals love good deals, whether it’s signing an aging well-known veteran, or a troubled star player with off the field issues. Though McClain hasn’t been officially released yet, it looks a though it’s a matter of time before he get’s the axe.
At first, our linebacker play killed us, but as of late, we’ve had some great results. And this may be just me speaking as a measurable nut, but these guys are physical specimens that I would take any day over Vinnie Rey and Dan Skuta. But it’s obviously not that easy, Rey and Skuta may not have been drafted, but they do good things, even though they don’t start they are special team aces and get the job done.
But within the lines of scrimmage, they both leave something to be desired, they both lack agility to hang around in coverage, and don’t make flashy plays against the run (tackles for loss, big hits, etc.).
We don’t know if McClain or Curry can play special teams, but we do know that they are athletic freaks that can run. I know we aren’t letting Rey and Skuta go, they are to important to our all important “chemistry”, but…
I would love to see them last until the off-season, it’s not entirely far-fetched seeing as how teams have most of their lineups intact and don’t like to make late moves. Perhaps we can pick one or both of them up and give them a while to learn the system and get ready for training camp, we wouldn’t lose anything, and once again would have an extreme amount to gain if Marvin could light a fire underneath these guys.
Manny Lawson’s contract ends after this year, so does Rey Maualuga’s. I truly think if they play sound and keep Mike Zimmer’s techinque, they can be leaps and bounds better than these two.