Raiders go cornerback with sixth pick of draft

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AUBURN, AL – SEPTEMBER 20: Defensive back Walter McFadden #6 of the Auburn Tigers drops back into coverage while taking on the LSU Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on September 20, 2008 in Auburn, Alabama. LSU defeated Auburn 26-21. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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The final day of the 2010 NFL Draft certainly has begun to look like the type of Raiders draft that many had expected on the first two days. After picking the darling of the combine and the fastest player in the draft, the Raiders turned their attention to what might be their favorite position to draft — cornerback.

In the fifth round, the Raiders selected Walter McFadden out of Auburn. McFadden, no relation to the Raiders’ Darren, is the brother to Arizona Cardinals’ cornerback Bryant McFadden. (*EDIT – His brother Bryant was traded back to the Pittsburgh Steelers minutes after this post.)

McFadden didn’t participate at the annual NFL Scouting Combine, but he put up the sort of numbers required of an Oakland Raiders defensive back at his pro day. The defensive back ran the 40-yard dash at 4.40s and 4.43s, 35.5 vertical, and a 6.94s three-cone drill.

Coming out of high school, McFadden was an all-state player from Florida. Even though he was highly recruited, he wasn’t able to get the starting position for the Tigers until his junior season.

As a starter his senior season, McFadden ranked 31st in the nation for passes defensed with 1.00 per game average and had six interceptions, including a 101-yard interception return against Northwestern in last year’s Outback Bowl.

He was also selected to the Coaches’ Second-Team All-SEC team and is an accomplished special teams player as a gunner.

Called a ‘solid person’ and ‘team leader’ by coaches, he should fit nicely into what head coach Tom Cable said he’s looking for from his draft picks. What the Raiders will surely like about McFadden is that he’s known as a good tackler who doesn’t avoid heavy hitting.

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