Tom Cable gave gave the 2010 Oakland Raiders an overall grade of B-minus. Had it not been for the rookie class that grade could be been a lot lower.
“I’d give it an A-plus, just flat-out an A-plus,” Cable said about the Raiders rookies.
First-round draft pick Rolando McClain is worthy of that grade along.
The linebacker out of Alabama finished third on the team in tackles with 85 despite missing a game and battling foot issues the down the stretch.
“I think those guys from top to bottom have contributed, and they’ve contributed it the right way,” Cable added. “They’re awesome young men that just love to play and they do it right and they work at it every day and it shows up on game day how much they’re contributing and they level they’re contributing.”
Second-round pick Lamarr Houston started in 15 games on the defensive line while racking up 39 tackles, five sacks and forced fumble along the way.
Jared Veldheer saw action in all 16 games while earning 11 starts and solidifying himself as an asset on the Raiders offensive line moving forward.
Jacoby Ford could very well turn out to be the special teams rookie of the year in the AFC for his efforts in the return game. He added 25 catches for 470 yards and two touchdowns at wide receiver.