Originally Posted by Dutchrudder
Ok I looked up some stuff on him and maybe could be a good guy to sign and see what happens. McClain was an early 3rd round pick (65 overall) in 2011 for the Carolina Panthers. Their defense was really bad last year, 25th overall against the run, and for whatever reason they cut this guy in his second year. He was on IR towards the end of the season with a knee injury. The Patriots had him for only 1 week this year, so he might not be in football shape just yet.
Some more info on him getting cut:
I would also like to point out that one of our posters Beerlover liked him very much as a 4th round prospect going into the 2011 draft. If McClain was cut for "style" reasons as the article above suggests, maybe he will actually help this team at NT. He is only 24 years old, so he certainly hasn't developed completely and there may be more upside to him.
WOW, that is so cool, thanks for posting
. Especially since I stand by those comments/projection. Often times when doing player evaluations a team will grade him out higher because of need, too bad Carolina didn't switch to 3-4. I know Earl personally so he will defiantly be his back-up, hopefully his work ethic will rub off on McClain who doesn't have the speed to play 4-3 under tackle in NFL which Earl could. He is more of a run plugger who with proper strength training can push the pocket & get bigger (little undersized). He is going to need a few weeks to adjust to his new role/team so don't expect anything but he is excellent insurance, just in case or can help make push into playoffs.