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