Apr 26, 2012; New York, NY, USA; Shea McClellin (Boise State) is introduced as the number nineteen overall pick to the Chicago Bears in the 2012 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-US PRESSWIRE

Bears Select DE Shea McClellin with #19 in NFL Draft

The Chicago Bears surprised a lot of people, myself included, by selected DE/OLB Shea McClellin from Boise State with pick #19 in the NFL Draft.  It seems like a bit of a reach from Phil Emery, but I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt since he’s done a decent job so far.  Let’s put it this way, if Jerry Angelo made this selection, I’d be digging up my pitchfork and heading to Halas Hall.  Hit the jump for a scouting report on McClellin.

Here’s some analysis from CBS Sports on McClellin:

Strengths: Plays fast with very good football quickness and agile footwork. A high effort and energy rusher who plays with obvious passion and intensity — relentless and tenacious motor. Fast in pursuit with good chase skills to track down the action. Good get-off momentum and anticipation — instinctive defender who locates the ball quickly. Extremely active and plays with an aggressive playing nature and attitude — self-starter and strong finisher. Country strong and very physical, welcoming contact. Fights and works hard to find a way to beat blockers — disruptive with a nose for the ball. Versatile defensive player with experience at LB, DE and other hybrid front-seven positions. A creative pass rusher, using a variety of moves and techniquesto create pressure. Tough and durable with a productive collegiate resume (33.0 tackles for loss and 20.5 sacks), starting the final 37 games of his career in Boise.

Weaknesses: Not a quick-twitch player and lacks natural explosion — not an elite athlete. Has only average functional size and strength, lacking the natural power and length to overwhelm blockers at the next level. Too energetic at times and often over pursues his target — can be overaggressive and take himself out of the play. Lacks a natural position for the next level and won’t be at his best if he’s locked into one spot. NFL Comparison: Eric Norwood, Carolina Panthers

Here’s a highlight reel on McClellin:

What do you think of the pick?

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  • City

    Not impressed with this pick.

  • DavidFritch

    Thought they should have picked C. Jones. I’m sorta confused….

  • flowermike

    I had this feeling when Angelo chose Chris Williams. 
    Our teams one glaring need is blocking. 
    We’ve heard the shuffling deck chair ambitions before and Cutler was creamed. “We feel good about our group”. 
    John Thierry or Hunter H have just rejoined the team… again.
    Why bother trading for a qb without giving him weapons and time? For the third year running?  

  • sqlpope

    I was thinking Jones myself, but if you watch the first 1/2 of that highlight clip, when he didn’t come in low, he had a hand on the ball each tackle.  “disruptive with a nose for the ball.”.  I think that may have sold the Bears, and I’m starting to re-think my initial “Huh?” reaction.  

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  • kengrad

     @flowermike I think the bears have already done  a great job improving the offense.  With the addition of bush the you could argue that bears have one of the most talented backfields in the nfl. From the time Bennet returned the bears offense were top 3 in the league in ppg until Cutler went down, an injury which had nothing to do with the blocking, now they have added a pro bowl wide receiver that has all ready worked very well with Cutler. I think Forte, Bush, Bennet, and Marshal are going to be plenty of weapons next year.  As far as the pass blocking goes, the best thing that could have happened to help that already has; Martz is gone. Now that Cutler will be allowed to audible and not have to take 23 step drops the offensive line will be looking a lot better. 
    I also like the bears getting younger on defense, and there are still good 2nd round linemen out there.  So far I’ve like what the new GM has done, so I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt on this one 

  • Mudslinger

    Like him or hate him the truth is the draft is a gamble. You do your homework and roll the dice. Word is that both Green Bay and New England were very high on this kid.  Bears did not want to see  McClellin lined up with Clay Matthews so this pick as much as strategy as it is need. One thing for certain Emery’s not an Angelo. We can still pick up quality OL and WR in rounds 2&3.

  • kengrad

     @Mudslinger It would have been nice to pick up a good OL, but I think there was one available that  would have had good value for the pick position. I wonder if the bears are considering trading up…