Honesty this might be a perfect fit for the Bill's sturggleing at LB McClain could be that person even tho released could be somehat better. Don't miss this move Bill's hopefully he can land to the Bills.
...you have to worry about whether he'll have a negative impact on Dareus.
Marcel has shown that his mental state can interfere with his game, and bringing in a bad influence, who really isn't all that good as a LBer, might be more risk than reward.
I dunno. I'm torn.
College teammates keep those relationships strong after they move to the NFL.
McLain is a convicted thug - assault, threatening with a deadly weapon, all that jazz. Before his conviction he was certainly known as someone who shirked the law.
So if you bring in someone like that, who Dareus has that college link with, you'd better be getting a good player on the field. I think McLain has always been well overrated on the field, and far preferred Brandon Spikes' game in that draft.
The best LBs of recent times have not been top 10 picks, other than Von Miller, really. Patrick Willis was 11th. Ray Lewis was 26th. Clay Matthews was 26th. Brian Cushing was 15th. Chad Greenway was 17th. James Harrison, not drafted. Some high picks are Urlacher, who was 9th.
I think unless you are a LB who can get to the QB,anything in top 10 is borderline too high. Jarvis Jones is worth a top 5 pick at LB.
Teo will get drafted too high. He will not flop, but hr does not get to the QB. His 7 INTs will be overrated. He never had one before I think, and INTs by LBs are almost always topped passes and poor throw by QBs in the NFL (he did make a few nice plays but LBs just don't get 7 INTs, a real fluke).
Secondly, my biggest concern when it comes to Te'o is expectation. People have talked him up as being a potential 3rd overall pick. My fear for him, wherever he goes, is that he'll be expected (if he goes higher or equal to Willis) to be more than he really is. I know that there are teams that'll be picking very early that have a need for him. I have no doubts that he has all the potential in the world. I just hope he can get a fair shot at being Manti Te'o and not needing to emulate anyone else.
Personally, it would be a toss-up if Barkley/Smith/Murray were still on the board with Te'o. Some might argue that the drop-off in talent between Te'o and the likes of Shayne Skov is much greater than the drop-off between the likes of Barkley/Smith/Murray and say Landry Jones or Ryan Nassib. If you make that assumption, Te'o should be the pick.
I think it is a major red flag on a guy who was the 8th overall pick just two years ago and has already been kicked to the curb. Unless we can bring him in on a minimum contract, I'd say no.
If the Bills put a claim on him hopefully him being released would humble him and he'd knock off the dumb crap...however I'm not sure it would, I think in order for that to happen he'd have to go unclaimed and given a low value contract
I've been to the top, there's not a lot of oxygen there, so I'm fine where I'm at.
Trust me guys, Oakland has been my #2 team for 20 years now, I wouldn't touch this guy with a 10 foot pole. He has AWFUL instincts, he's terrible in coverage, he's not motivated in the least, and he's got ridiculous character issues. He blew up at Dennis Allen at practice today and was sent home. He hasn't been officially waived yet and already he's gone on his Facebook and immediately started trashing the team saying he can't wait to play for a "real team."
I still think he's better suited in a 3-4. Even then he's just not that good. At all. MAYBE if we were a 3-4 team I'm be OK with it, but his ****ty attitude would cancel out any sort of talent he may have.
Adopt-A-Bill 2012: Kirk Morrison
Te'o is not the next Ray Lewis. He's the next Urlacher, which is pretty **** good still
This is why LBs shouldn't be top 10 picks, also see Hawk and Curry 2 other huge bust.