After meeting with Alabama’s Rolando McClain the night before his Pro Day, the Kansas City Chiefs have scheduled a private workout with the linebacker next week, according to Scout.com.
McClain attended the NFL Scouting Combine in February, but he didn’t workout and decided to wait until Alabama’s Pro Day to show scouts his athleticism. At his Pro Day on March 10th, McClain performed well and ran a 4.68 in the 40, recorded a 35-inch vertical and a 9-foot-1-inch broad jump. During positional drills, McClain started out well, but as the workout progressed he appeared to get fatigued.
There was a reason behind McClain’s apparent fatigue; he revealed that he’s been suffering from Crohn’s disease for the past seven years. When the news of McClain’s illness came to light, it was a huge topic throughout the NFL universe. And while it’s a condition that’s considered to be serious because there is no cure, McClain has dealt with it and has performed at an elite level.
I’m not a doctor, nor do I play one on TV but I do know that there are so many variations of Chron’s disease so there’s no way to know exactly how McClain will be held back (if at all) at the next level. You can bet that the Chiefs or any team interested in his services will have their doctors spend more than their fair share with all of his medical records.
The Chiefs did pretty well in the past with a linebacker from Alabama, but I wonder if Scott Pioli views the position to be worth this kind of investment. If he was unwilling to commit big time money to another linebacker that out performed McClain in virtually every category last year — Aaron Curry — I don’t see that all of a sudden the Chiefs GM will want to pull the trigger on the star from Alabama. Two different players, two different years, but something to keep in mind.