Getting to know Bears 1st Round draft pick Shea McClellin
- DE/OLB from Boise State
- 6’3″ 260 lbs
- 50 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss, 7 sacks, 1 forced fumble, and 2 interceptions as a senior
Shea McClellin is a prospect that really flew up the draft boards after he put up good measurables at the combine and scouts went back looked at tape. I typically don’t like prospects like that, but McClellin is a guy that checks out in terms of character and he also fills a need. My chief concern(pun intended) is that McClellin isn’t really a fit from a scheme stand point. He is a little undersized to play defensive end with his hand on the ground in running situations. Most teams projected him as a 3-4 outside linebacker in the NFL. Maybe he can play with his hand on the ground, or maybe Emery made this pick with an eye towards the future when he fires Lovie Smith and brings in a coach that runs a 3-4 defense. Also, for a pass-rusher I feel like 7 sacks is a bit low. Boise State plays in a weak conference and almost always had big leads, which means other teams would be passing the majority of the time in an effort to catch up. So if McClellin was playing DE against weak competition knowing that he was able to just tee off on the QB, I think he should have been able to come up with more than 7 sacks. Who knows though, maybe he is a stud and the perfect fit opposite of Peppers. In this era of the NFL teams aren’t in their “base” defense more than 40% of the time anyways, so taking a situational pass-rusher in the first round isn’t a bad move.
PS: It’s really bothering me that I can’t find a picture of his little redheaded rocket of a girlfriend ANYWHERE on the internet. If you’ve got one send it over.
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