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Bears take Boise State’s Shea McClellin

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The Bears got Julius Peppers some pass rush help with the 19th pick of the first round on Thursday night.

Chicago selected Boise State defensive end/outside linebacker Shea McClellin with the pick, passing up offensive line help and local product Whitney Mercilus of Illinois. He had 20.5 career sacks at Boise State and he speed should make him able to come off the edge across from Peppers.

The bonus to McClellin is that he has also shown the ability to drop into coverage and stop the run while playing at various spots in the front seven. He could be a three-down player for them, perhaps as the starting strongside linebacker who switches to a pass rushing role on third down. That kind of versatility is a nice addition to a Bears defense that has some miles on it.

McClellin grew up on Chicken Dinner Road. He figures to upgrade the address a little bit now that he’s in Chicago.

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42 Responses to “Bears take Boise State’s Shea McClellin”
  1. cdub777 says: Apr 26, 2012 10:06 PM

    Oh my god !!!! And I thought Emery might know what he was doing !!!! He just threw away our 1st round pick. More of the Jerry Angelo stupidity !!

  2. raiderapologist says: Apr 26, 2012 10:06 PM

    Chicken Dinner Road is a nice neighborhood.

  3. staffordsyear says: Apr 26, 2012 10:09 PM

    You can try but youll never match up to the soon to be legendary detroit lions dline but its cute of you to try and follow suit.

  4. nesby2 says: Apr 26, 2012 10:10 PM

    Man who the F#%K is this guy?!! Damn you Emery!! Damn you!!!!

  5. mcdeez22 says: Apr 26, 2012 10:12 PM

    Shea, you better end up being the right pick over Mercilus and Jones. I hope you’re right about this one, Mr. Emery.

  6. wnstonchill says: Apr 26, 2012 10:14 PM

    This is a terrific choice! He can tear it up in more than one position. He’s going to be a great compliment to Peppers. Phil Emery, nice going!

  7. chicagosundevil says: Apr 26, 2012 10:14 PM

    Leave it to the Bears to draft a position that they a) signed to a recent BIG free agent contract (Peppers) and b) have two all pro (albeit getting older) middle linebackers already there.

    DRAFT A WIDE RECEIVER IN ROUND #1 PLEASE

  8. chitownbears says: Apr 26, 2012 10:17 PM

    My first reaction was ‘huh’? But this is the kind of guy who is going to work hard and be the kind of blue-collar worker that is gonna bring his proverbial lunch pail to work everyday. Here’s hoping he won’t be another early round bust for Da Bears!

  9. boilerup1869 says: Apr 26, 2012 10:22 PM

    How condescending did Suzy Kolber sound, CONSTANTLY coming back to the fact that McClellin is from a small town in Idaho?

    Some 20% of the population is from a rural part of the country. It’s really not that conversation-worthy.

    She sounded like she thought she was interviewing a unicorn or something.

  10. fenrecords says: Apr 26, 2012 10:40 PM

    Shea McClellin?! Is that some sorta sick joke? All the talent available and that’s the pick they make? I hope they know something the rest of the NFL doesn’t. I won’t even be able to sleep tonight after that one. Good thing they got some good free agents. Jesus Christ!

  11. philtration says: Apr 26, 2012 10:40 PM

    I hate this pick.
    Better players on the board at several need positions and they draft a 3-4 LB to play DE in a 4-3 system.

    I am sure that Lovie had his cough syrup chugging input all over this pick.
    What a buzz kill.

  12. gobears84 says: Apr 26, 2012 10:52 PM

    Ummmmm, I trust you Phil but this smells like Lovie, ala Dan Bazuin. I reserve judegement for now but theis seems like a reach. Bear Down!

  13. jluns275 says: Apr 26, 2012 10:53 PM

    Great pass rushing combination w/ Peppers

  14. ronniemexico says: Apr 26, 2012 11:00 PM

    An undersized 3 – 4 linebacker in a 4 – 3 defense. Just what we needed. Anyone remember John Thierry? Don’t like the pick at all.

  15. chibears5 says: Apr 26, 2012 11:00 PM

    The Chicago Bears just do not get the Draft at all. Am I supposed to feel good about getting another Hunter Hillenmeyer? DeCastro slides along with Reilly Reiff and you take this guy ahead of Whitney Mercilus and Chandler Jones??? Guaranteed he is out of the league in 4 years. So sick of the Bears front office and it seems like it does not make a difference what clown wears the GM title.

  16. kansacity88 says: Apr 26, 2012 11:10 PM

    The ONLY reason I am bitching is because we COULD have traded back and gotten him. Most magazines and scouts (although I really dont give them much credit with the crap they say) had him going in the 3rd round…..maybe even mid 2nd. Why make this guy a 1st round pick when we could’ve gotten him tomorrow? Maybe the guy WILL be a stud, but THAT move WAS a huge reach. Even the smartest draftnik can admit that! I wouldve liked Stephen Hill if we were gonna reach THAT far!

  17. damaddhatter29 says: Apr 26, 2012 11:14 PM

    Lol…seems like people are knocking him because he is white and only comparing him to white players. Smart to stay away from the line. Martz and Tice run different offenses and I actually trust Tices judgement.

    While Cutler will not be taking 7 step drops, he will be effective with blocking schemes that Tice installs.

  18. thepvyharvin says: Apr 26, 2012 11:19 PM

    Bust written all over it,,,

  19. dirksimmons says: Apr 26, 2012 11:21 PM

    Look, the kid seems nice and I’m sure he’ll acclimate himself quickly into the Bears defense. But Reiff was much more justifiable at 19. Quit depending on Tice, the miracle worker, and get Jay some legit talent on that line. We could have easily traded down and got McClellin at 24 or 25, if not later. Everybody and their mother was trading. We could have gotten this guy and a 3rd rounder for our trouble.

  20. johnnyru131 says: Apr 26, 2012 11:45 PM

    Actually looks like it was Emery’s pick not LOVIE’S. This guy is versatile and Emery is preparing for a defense without Lovie Smith. I live this pick. The Bears got their own Clay Matthews.

  21. dirksimmons says: Apr 26, 2012 11:52 PM

    Even if you love the pick, please concede that we could have gotten him later if we had traded down.

  22. rereynol says: Apr 27, 2012 12:00 AM

    The dude had the second fastest 40 among DE/OLB’s. This isn’t some un-athletic chump. He also never quits on a play and is a great tackler. He’s got the speed to turn the corner on a pass rush. He’s got the hustle and size to play the run. He makes Hillenmyer look like a boy. What’s wrong with you people ripping up this pick?

    Put this guy alongside Urlacher and Briggs and tell me which team has a better LB trio?

  23. hahapapa says: Apr 27, 2012 12:02 AM

    You will like him, believe me.

  24. dirksimmons says: Apr 27, 2012 12:09 AM

    “hahapapa says: Apr 27, 2012 12:02 AM

    You will like him, believe me.”

    Is that a quote from Phil Emery?

  25. johnnyru131 says: Apr 27, 2012 12:23 AM

    Bears probably could’ve got him in a later round, but if that’s your guy, go get him. It’s funny when fans don’t know of a player that gets drafted and fans start complaining. Did Emery do awesome in Free Agency? I think so, give Emery the benefit of a doubt. Even the Bears drafted the “known” player, it doesn’t mean it would’ve worked out. This guy, McClellan, is going to earn every but of success he has. He will appreciate it because he has to bust his butt. I think Chicago is going to love this guy. Give him a chance.

  26. jvnewell says: Apr 27, 2012 12:41 AM

    I don’t think that the Bears could have traded down to get McClellin. the Packers were interested in him as well…I would have loved it if the Bears took Mercilus (I’m an Illini fan, too). But Phil Emery and the coaching staff have watched this guy on tape. Scouted him at the Senior Bowl and Combine. interviewed him and had him in for a private workout. I don’t understand how a fan can think he knows more than the Bears GM. If McClellin is a bust…It’s on Emery…at least let McClellin play at least a down before saying its a bad pick.

  27. bearsfan63 says: Apr 27, 2012 12:49 AM

    Let me start the Fire Phil bandwagon!!!
    What were you thinking?
    We run a 4-3 here in Chicago, NOT a 3-4 like back in KC. maybe you didn’t get the memo. with all of the team needs on the OL and at WR or even on the DL you choose a situational rusher who’s too small to be an every down player, he’s already 30 lbs over his playing weight how much do you think you can bulk him up before he’s as slow as a nose tackle.
    I don’t care how high you are on this tweeners potential you could have had this PFW 132 ranked player late in the first if not in the second round. if you were going to reach on the DL why not on Mercilus who at least had the production if only for one year. Or are the Bears switching to a 3-4? that might make some sense as he could be an ILB or OLB but even under that scenario there was much better talent available. As Buddy Ryan once said of the fridge “what a wasted pick”. or maybe he has Fullback skills we’re not aware of. I’ll bet your 3/4th round picks have higher grades. UGH when we we get a GM that knows what he’s doing.

  28. gridassassin says: Apr 27, 2012 1:15 AM

    The Texans, Pats and Packers all tool DEs after the Bears and many believed TEN would – there was no guarantee he’d be their if the Bears traded down – so it’s on Emery if he’s a better baller than Mercilus, Jones and Perry.

  29. johnnyru131 says: Apr 27, 2012 1:30 AM

    Emery ha the best Free Agency ever as a GM for the Bears and now all of a sudden he’s a fool? You Bears fans make Chicago look bad with your flip flopping. This kid is going to be good. He’s fast as hell. How can anyone say it was a bad pick before HE’S EVER PLAYED A DOWN? God you guys are not very bright.

  30. dirksimmons says: Apr 27, 2012 1:42 AM

    I don’t understand why the majority of Bears fans are backing this pick with such gusto. Glad to see I’m not the only one who thinks we reached for this guy, but you guys are already making McClellin out to be the next Clay Mathews. Why have we put so much faith in Phil Emery? Have I missed something?

  31. chibears187 says: Apr 27, 2012 1:46 AM

    This kid makes a living in the backfield and NEVER gives up on the football. Marinellis gonna make him even more of nuisance to a QB. Emery was born to do this. Like the pick. If you don’t you don’t know s**t bout the game. These boys are gonna wreak havoc

  32. dirksimmons says: Apr 27, 2012 1:49 AM

    gridassassin says:
    “The Texans, Pats and Packers all took DEs after the Bears and many believed TEN would – there was no guarantee he’d be their if the Bears traded down – so it’s on Emery if he’s a better baller than Mercilus, Jones and Perry.”

    Going to have to disagree with you there. The Pats traded up twice in the first round to the 21st spot and the 25th. They had people in mind for those spots. And McClellin wasn’t nearly as high on draft boards as those others you mentioned. A lot of circumstantial evidence suggests we could have traded down. When did we stop being skeptical about the Bears first round selections? You guys act like Emery is a seasoned veteran at this draft stuff. But you’re right…it’s on Emery if it doesn’t pan out.

  33. frank booth says: Apr 27, 2012 3:10 AM

    staffordsyear says:
    Apr 26, 2012 10:09 PM
    You can try but youll never match up to the soon to be legendary detroit lions dline but its cute of you to try and follow suit.
    ====================================
    Lions fans are legendary talkers after a year of success. Still haven’t won anything yet, but the mouths keep rolling.

  34. beardownchitown says: Apr 27, 2012 3:31 AM

    Let me chime in on these comments!! First off half you ppl talking about he is a 3-4 outside linebacker havent watched Boise State Broncos games, this dude is quite versatile, they moved him around in different packages… Just so you know he dropped down to 250 to strengthen is stock in the draft showing he is athletic enough in both 3-4 and 4-3 which if any of you know a 3-4 outside linebacker is just a stand up end which allows coordinators like dick lebeau to rush/blitz these backers/stand up DE in a dynamic way to keep Oline from knowin where the blitzes are coming from… now that being said how does this relate to being a 4-3 DE well if you truly are football savvy you would see ROD MARINELLI loves to use tons of stunts which if you watch this dude you’d see he has natural knee bend with athleticism which keeps him low to get around the corner… Last but not least if you guys would actually pay attention NFLN and ESPN you’d see his stock was rising fast and the patriots wanted him or chandler jones soo once we took him they moved up to grab chandler jones knowing the first dude on their wish list was gone so they didnt want to lose out on chandler jones

  35. snaponrules says: Apr 27, 2012 8:02 AM

    gridassassin says:
    Apr 27, 2012 1:15 AM
    The Texans, Pats and Packers all tool DEs after the Bears and many believed TEN would – there was no guarantee he’d be their if the Bears traded down – so it’s on Emery if he’s a better baller than Mercilus, Jones and Perry.

    ——————————————————————–
    Which means this kid would have still been there. Because he is a OLB not a DE. He gets thrown around on run plays and pushed off the ball easily.
    Wasted pick to grab a OLB for a 4-3 system.

  36. bradroatan says: Apr 27, 2012 8:13 AM

    Emery says he’d been watching this guy since KC for their 3-4. This seems to be his guy, not Lovie’s. I was digging that Chandler Jones was there, and it bugs me the Pats traded up after the Bears made their pick to get Jones. We’ll see, but I’d rather have a real DE in round one than a good character guy with a high motor.

  37. gordyb7 says: Apr 27, 2012 10:06 AM

    THANK YOU for not taking Reiff or DeCastro.

    Sincerely,
    the Lions D-Line

  38. frank booth says: Apr 27, 2012 11:29 AM

    kansacity88 says:
    Apr 26, 2012 11:10 PM
    The ONLY reason I am bitching is because we COULD have traded back and gotten him. Most magazines and scouts (although I really dont give them much credit with the crap they say) had him going in the 3rd round…..maybe even mid 2nd. Why make this guy a 1st round pick when we could’ve gotten him tomorrow?
    ===================================
    I must be reading different mock drafts. Kiper had him graded as a first-rounder. Bleacher Report had him going around 27. Mayock had him as his 14th best overall player and had him going 28th to the Packers (rumor was that the Packers and Patriots had him on their boards for the 1st round). OurLads had him going in the late 2nd round (59). 4 analysts from CBS Sportsline had him at the following draft positions: 28, 31, 18, and 28. Don Banks of SI had him at 28, and Peter King did not have him in his mock (1st round only).

    I know a lot of people had the Bears fans taking Chandler Jones. Like most other fans, I saw Shea McLellin play a bit and didn’t see any Syracuse games. I think the guys (scouts, GM’s, etc.) have a lot better handle on this than we do.

  39. necrondi says: Apr 27, 2012 7:15 PM

    Apr 27, 2012 1:42 AM
    I don’t understand why the majority of Bears fans are backing this pick with such gusto. Glad to see I’m not the only one who thinks we reached for this guy, but you guys are already making McClellin out to be the next Clay Mathews. Why have we put so much faith in Phil Emery? Have I missed something?

    4 2

    Clay Matthew’s was not that highly regarded when he came out either. The Bears didn’t reach. Several teams wanted him including the Packers. There is no reason to have a stroke over the pick. Football season doesn’t start for 5 months. When this year is over and you still think he sucks then complain.

  40. sfkforever says: Apr 28, 2012 11:36 PM

    most reports has him as a 5th round option at best…lol…smh

  41. voiceofsweetness says: Apr 30, 2012 2:24 PM

    “An undersized 3 – 4 linebacker in a 4 – 3 defense. Just what we needed. Anyone remember John Thierry?”

    You must not remember him because at 6’4″ about 285 nfl weight there was NOTHING undersized about him.

    He was just a complete nut case with a mental disorder.

    Don’t compare these two please

  42. fan555 says: Apr 30, 2012 3:46 PM

    His name is Phil.

    Phil Emery.

    The greatest GM in the history of the NFL.

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