2015 NFL DRAFT

Shea McClellin, OLB

School: Boise State  |  Conference: MWC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Caldwell, ID
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 260 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
2321
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04/29/2012 - To earn the starting job at left end, opposite Pro Bowl right end Julius Peppers, McClellin will have to beat out incumbent Israel Idonije, who at 6-6 and 275 pounds is adept at stopping the run. But Idonije had just 5.0 sacks last season, and McClellin possesses the potential to at least contribute as a situational pass rusher as a rookie. But the Bears feel there's a lot more to his game. "This is an all-downs football player, including special teams," Emery said. "Our special teams coaches gave him a blue level (highest) grade as a special teams player. We are excited about him for several reasons: He's got really quick feet and hands as a pass rusher, he has natural hips as a pass rusher. In his role, his normal starting role at Boise, was as a (middle) linebacker and he would come down and rush on third down or in sub-package situations so there's a lot of versatility to this player." - The Sports Xchange

04/29/2012 - Many draft experts considered McClellin a reach in the first round, although his popularity skyrocketed as Draft Day approached. Pro Football Weekly's Draft Preview projected him as a third- or fourth-round pick, but in the week before the draft he was mentioned more and more frequently as a first-round pick because of his pass-rush ability. "I think that's why they picked me up," McClellin said. "I think I'll be able to get after the quarterback." The Bears hope so, considering they finished 29th in sack percentage last season. The three-year starter at Boise State benched 225 pounds just 19 times at the Combine, but he got positive marks for character, work habits, smarts and a high-revving motor. Emery praised McClellin for his instincts and leverage and said he has the ability to set the edge as a left end vs. the run. "He's a small-town guy with great character," Emery said. "He has a relentless motor. He's an excellent pick for us." - The Sports Xchange

04/29/2012 - A closer look at the Bears' picks: Round 1/19 - Shea McClellin, DE, 6-3, 260, Boise State...Bears believe he provides the best chance to immediately upgrade a pass rush that was 29th last season. Played defensive end and linebacker past two seasons, when he had 16.5 sacks and 26 tackles for loss. Ran a 4.63 40, second fastest among defensive ends at the Combine. Hard-working, football smart, technically sound, quickly finds the football. - The Sports Xchange

04/29/2012 - Teams that play a 3-4 defense looked at McClellin as a linebacker, but Emery said he will play left end for the Bears, although he has the versatility to play either end spot or linebacker, which he did at Boise State. "I don't have a preference," McClellin said. "I can be a threat from both (end and linebacker). Wherever the Bears want me to play, I'm happy to do it. I think my versatility definitely helped me out -- being able to play multiple positions and play them well." The 22-year-old McClellin grew up on a farm in Caldwell, Idaho. At Marsing High School as a baseball player he hit .453, and he averaged 16.7 points and 11.6 rebounds in basketball. He was asked if chasing chickens on the farm compares to chasing NFL quarterbacks. "Well, you have to have agility to chase chickens," he said, "so I guess it's similar." - The Sports Xchange

04/29/2012 - It wasn't until late in the predraft process that Boise State's defensive end/outside linebacker Shea McClellin was even mentioned as a possible first-round draft choice. But the Bears thought enough of the versatile, high-motor pass rusher to make him the 19th overall pick, confident that he had the ability to immediately upgrade their pass rush, which was 29th last season. McClellin is a bit undersized at 6-3 1/2 and 260 pounds, but he gets high marks for athleticism, and he had 16.5 sacks over the past two seasons and 26 tackles for loss. The Bears chose him over Illinois defensive end Whitney Mercilus, who led the nation in 2011 with 16 sacks, and ahead of offensive linemen Riley Reiff of Iowa and David DeCastro of Stanford. Reiff went 23rd to the Lions, DeCastro 24th to the Steelers and Mercilus 26th to the Texans. "We were looking for a guy who could contribute right away," said Phil Emery, of his first-ever draft pick as the Bears' general manager. "He fills a need as a pass rusher, but he has all-down ability. He finds the ball quickly and gets through blockers. "We considered almost every position, but we felt he was one of the better pass rushers (in the draft)." - The Sports Xchange

04/29/2012 - The Bears did nothing to improve the offensive line that has failed the past two seasons to protect quarterback Jay Cutler. However, new general manager Phil Emery, in his first time running a draft, addressed the lack of pass-rush pressure by taking Shea McClellin in the first round. While the 6-3 1/2, 260-pound McClellin may be a bit of a tweener, he has a track record for getting after the quarterback. Round 2 brought another weapon for Cutler in big receiver Alshon Jeffery, who could be special; and in Round 4 Emery gambled on character concern tight end Evan Rodriguez, who is undersized but a talented pass catcher. For the eighth straight year the Bears drafted a safety, but 6-3, 220-pound Brandon Hardin must be converted from cornerback. BEST PICK: Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery. The big knock on the big pass catcher was that Jeffery couldn't run a lick. But the Bears clocked him at 4.47 at his Pro Day, and they believe he possesses almost every other trait needed to become an impact player, especially in the red zone. - The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - 2012 NFL DRAFT: PICK-BY-PICK ANALYSIS: 19. Chicago Bears: LB-DE Shea McClellin, Boise State -- A fast-rising, athletic pass rusher compared to Clay Matthews, he could be used at strong-side linebacker and rush the passer in the Bears' nickel package opposite Julius Peppers. - Jeff Reynolds, The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - It wasn't until late in the predraft process that Boise State's defensive end/outside linebacker Shea McClellin was even mentioned as a possible first-round draft choice. But the Bears thought enough of the versatile, high-motor pass rusher to make him the 19th overall pick, confident that he had the ability to immediately upgrade their pass rush, which was 29th last season. McClellin is a bit undersized at 6-3 1/2 and 260 pounds, but he gets high marks for athleticism, and he had 16.5 sacks over the past two seasons and 26 tackles for loss. The Bears chose him over Illinois defensive end Whitney Mercilus, who led the nation in 2011 with 16 sacks, and ahead of offensive linemen Riley Reiff of Iowa and David DeCastro of Stanford. Reiff went 23rd to the Lions, DeCastro 24th to the Steelers and Mercilus 26th to the Texans. "We were looking for a guy who could contribute right away," said Phil Emery, of his first-ever draft pick as the Bears' general manager. "He fills a need as a pass rusher, but he has all-down ability. He finds the ball quickly and gets through blockers. "We considered almost every position, but we felt he was one of the better pass rushers (in the draft)." Many draft experts considered McClellin a reach in the first round, although his popularity skyrocketed as Draft Day approached. Pro Football Weekly's Draft Preview projected him as a third- or fourth-round pick, but in the week before the draft he was mentioned more and more frequently as a first-round pick because of his pass-rush ability. "I think that's why they picked me up," McClellin said. "I think I'll be able to get after the quarterback." The Bears hope so, considering they finished 29th in sack percentage last season. - The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - The three-year starter at Boise State benched 225 pounds just 19 times at the Combine, but he got positive marks for character, work habits, smarts and a high-revving motor. Emery praised McClellin for his instincts and leverage and said he has the ability to set the edge as a left end vs. the run. "He's a small-town guy with great character," Emery said. "He has a relentless motor. He's an excellent pick for us." To earn the starting job at left end, opposite Pro Bowl right end Julius Peppers, McClellin will have to beat out incumbent Israel Idonije, who at 6-6 and 275 pounds is adept at stopping the run. But Idonije had just 5.0 sacks last season, and McClellin possesses the potential to at least contribute as a situational pass rusher as a rookie. But the Bears feel there's a lot more to his game. "This is an all-downs football player, including special teams," Emery said. "Our special teams coaches gave him a blue level (highest) grade as a special teams player. We are excited about him for several reasons: He's got really quick feet and hands as a pass rusher, he has natural hips as a pass rusher. In his role, his normal starting role at Boise, was as a (middle) linebacker and he would come down and rush on third down or in sub-package situations so there's a lot of versatility to this player." - The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - Teams that play a 3-4 defense looked at McClellin as a linebacker, but Emery said he will play left end for the Bears, although he has the versatility to play either end spot or linebacker, which he did at Boise State. "I don't have a preference," McClellin said. "I can be a threat from both (end and linebacker). Wherever the Bears want me to play, I'm happy to do it. I think my versatility definitely helped me out -- being able to play multiple positions and play them well." The 22-year-old McClellin grew up on a farm in Caldwell, Idaho. At Marsing High School as a baseball player he hit .453, and he averaged 16.7 points and 11.6 rebounds in basketball. He was asked if chasing chickens on the farm compares to chasing NFL quarterbacks. "Well, you have to have agility to chase chickens," he said, "so I guess it's similar." - The Sports Xchange

04/26/2012 - ROB RANG'S TOP 50 PLAYERS OF THE 2012 NFL DRAFT: 29. Shea McClellin, OLB, Boise State: McClellin made a name for himself as a terror off the edge for the Broncos (20.5 career sacks) but it wasn't until he made the move to outside linebacker at the Senior Bowl that his true versatility was shown. Possessing the athleticism, technique and work ethic necessary to be successful in any scheme, McClellin is quietly among the safer prospects in the 2012 draft. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

04/23/2012 - Bears general manager Phil Emery acknowledged several ends near the top of the board are versatile players that could fit multiple defenses. "There's a good number of them at the top that you could look at those players and say they could fit a 3-4 or they could fit a 4-3," Emery said Monday at his pre-draft press conference. "Having just come from Kansas City where they're one of the last true 3-4 heads-up, plays square, outside linebackers are the drops and rush guys, I had already looked at those players for a 3-4 scheme as outside linebackers and coming here now I'm looking at them as D-ends and right D-ends, base ends. There are a good number of the high end guys that can go both ways. "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder because ultimately each individual team has got to decide which is right for them. You'll find where the guys that are outside linebacker candidates, you have to make a decision for a 4-3 and whether that's a true right D-end athlete or he's a base left D-end." McClellin had 16?? sacks over the last two seasons at Boise State. He was a first team All-Mountain West Conference selection for the Broncos, who have had six players drafted over the last three seasons. Interestingly, the Minnesota Vikingscoaching staff used McClellin primarily at strong-side linebacker during the Senior Bowl week. They obviously use the same defense as the Bears. McClellin weighed in at 257 pounds last month at his pro day, and played a little heavier during the season. "I kind of try to steer away from what other people are saying because it's only one person's opinion," McClellin told the Idaho Statesman about the pre-draft hype. "I'm not expecting myself to get picked in the first round. - Brad Biggs, The Chicago Tribune

04/13/2012 - Former Boise State defensive end Shea McClellin's rapidly climbing NFL Draft stock is more than just rumor now. The NFL announced Thursday that McClellin is among a record 26 prospects who have accepted the league's invitation to attend the draft April 26 in New York City - a first for a Bronco. The Marsing High graduate was contacted Wednesday. He'll take his grandparents, who raised him, an uncle and his girlfriend on the trip. "I thought it would be a good experience for them," said McClellin, who never has visited the Big Apple. "I'm not going in there with expectations, so I think it will be a fun experience. ... I never even thought about going to New York. I never thought I'd get invited." The draft begins with the first round at 6 p.m. April 26. The second and third rounds are April 27, beginning at 5 p.m. The last four rounds are April 28, beginning at 10 a.m. McClellin has been generating a buzz throughout draft preparation and recent reports have teams considering him as a possible late first-round pick. His invitation seems to confirm that possibility. "I kind of try to steer away from what other people are saying because it's only one person's opinion," McClellin said. "... I'm not expecting myself to get picked in the first round." - Chadd Cripe, The Idaho Statesman

04/05/2012 - The biggest day of Shea McClellin's life is in three weeks. He's training. He's visiting with teams. His stock is rising. Soon, the Boise State outside linebacker will be drafted. But through the madness, one chore cannot be forgotten. Whenever McClellin gets a breather, he'll head back to the family farm in Marsing, Idaho, where a new fence must be put in. The posts on the old one are beat up. So no memorizing stump speeches for NFL teams. His grandparents need a hand. "They understand right now," McClellin said, "but they want me to come up there whenever I get a couple days." He's worked on the farm since he was 6 or 7 years old. Milking goats. Taking care of at-risk wild animals. This was McClellin's world in obscure Marsing, where a sign on Main Street welcomes guests by proclaiming, "The Home of Boise State's Shea McClellin #92" to the town of 1,000 residents. His play reflects his upbringing - he doesn't ask questions. As a kid, McClellin nursed baby skunks back to the wild. At Boise State, he was Mr. Versatility. McClellin saw snaps at defensive end, outside linebacker, some inside linebacker and even a pinch of nickel. In college, he tried to mold himself after New England linebacker Mike Vrabel. "That type of guy just because of his versatility and what he did," McClellin said. "I think just the way he moved and the way he did everything was kind of old school and that's how I like to do it....I would say it's the same mindset as if I was in a 4-3. I'll attack the edge and get after the quarterback any way I can." After Shea interviewed with about 15 teams at the combine, he brought home various sets of NFL gear. To grandma, the Packers hat and skull cap stood out immediately. That's where Terry hopes he goes. She remembers watching Lombardi's teams growing up and says her grandson would fit right in. - Tyler Dunne, The Journal Sentinel

03/23/2012 - LB Shea McClellin quietly wowed scouts at Boise State's Pro Day. After scouting McClellin primarily as a defensive end over his Boise State career, I came away very impressed with his ability to drop back and play outside linebacker during the Senior Bowl. McClellin, who weighed in at 257 pounds Thursday, was asked to perform in defensive line and linebacker drills and was "fantastic" in both. Speaking to several talent evaluators at Stanford's workout about McClellin, specifically, I'm getting the impression that he could be one of this year's surprise risers. In fact, there are some who believe McClellin could even crack the first round. --Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

03/16/2012 - NFL Draft Scout Top Edge Players, OLB/DE: Shea McClellin, OLB/DE, Boise State, 6-3, 260, 2-3...McClellin has been known for his versatility since his days as a three-sport sensation at Marsing (Idaho) High school. And before he was able to play any of those sports, he got up before sunrise to feed the animals on the farm of the grandparents who raised him. He lettered in baseball, basketball and football, where as a senior he played running back and linebacker. He rushed for 1,893 yards and 22 touchdowns and added 126 tackles, six interceptions and seven touchdowns on defense. For that he had the unusual honor of being named Western Idaho Conference Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year. At Boise State he continued to do whatever was asked and do it well, which was somewhere between defensive end and linebacker. And that's how he enters the NFL, as a hyperactive, efficient edge player who has great field awareness and is as tough as, well, a good old farm boy. He was listed as a defensive end at the combine and weighed in with 12 more pounds of muscle than he had in college and ran an excellent 40, unofficially in 4.62. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange/NFLDraftScout.com

03/06/2012 - SCOUTS IDENTIFY 5 UNDERRATED COMBINE PERFORMERS: OLB Shea McClellin, Boise State: Generally speaking, I agree with how the NFL identifies players when assigning them positions at the Combine. Several so-called 'tweeners like McClellin were asked to work out as defensive linemen. After being stunned with McClellin's progress in playing linebacker at the Senior Bowl, I was disappointed he wasn't identified as such at the Combine. His workout certainly showed off the straight-line speed (4.63) and change-of-direction skills (7.07 seconds in the three-cone drills) to handle this conversion. McClellin's speed, in fact, would have ranked him fourth among the 29 linebackers tested at the Combine -- and this is after measuring in at 6-3, 260 pounds. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

02/23/2012 - NFL DRAFT SCOUT PRE-COMBINE TOP 64: 64. Shea McClellin, OLB, Boise State, 6-3, 248, 2-3...McClellin has been known for his versatility since his days as a three-sport sensation at Marsing (Idaho) High school. And before he was able to play any of those sports he got up before sunrise to feed the animals on the farm of the grandparents who raised him. He lettered in baseball, basketball and football, where as a senior he played running back and linebacker. He rushed for 1,893 yards and 22 touchdowns and added 126 tackles, six interceptions and seven touchdowns on defense. For that he had the unusual honor of being named Western Idaho Conference Offensive AND Defensive Player of the Year. At Boise State he continued to do whatever was asked and do it well, which was somewhere between defensive end and linebacker. And that's how he enters the NFL, as a hyperactive, efficient DE/OLB who has great field awareness and is as tough as, well, a good old farm boy. - Frank Cooney - The Sports Xchange, NFL Draft Scout

01/27/2012 - 2012 SENIOR BOWL RISERS: Shea McClellin, DE, Boise State: The Boise State product didn't receive nearly the attention of his college teammates such as Kellen Moore or Doug Martin, but don't be surprised if Shea McClellin ends up being the top Bronco drafted in April. He is an intense player with the relentless nature that NFL teams love to see in defensive players. But perhaps, McClellin's best attribute is something that can't be measured, but rather something that shows up on film and also this week on the practice field - his versatility. At Boise State, he played a multitude of positions, lining up at defensive end, linebacker and a hybrid version of several front-seven spots. However, this week coaches kept McClellin predominantly at strongside linebacker where he looked as natural as any other player on the team, showing quick feet and good eyes. He will be most effective at the next level moved around by a creative defensive coordinator, utilizing his impressive effort and playing speed. McClellin isn't flashy, but he simply makes plays on the football field wherever he's asked to play. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

01/23/2012 - 2012 SENIOR BOWL MONDAY: Boise State's Shea McClellin (6-3, 248) lined up at defensive end for the Broncos but practiced at outside linebacker for the Minnesota Vikings' staff Monday. He showed good footwork in the bag drills early. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

12/10/2011 - 2011 ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DL Shea McClellin, Sr., Boise State, has been selected All-Mountain West Conference First Team for the 2011 college football season as voted on by the eight head coaches and select media panel. McClellin's 46 tackles were tied for the third-most on the team, and his 9.5 tackles-for-loss and 6.0 sacks each ranked second. - Boise State football

 
 
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04/29/2012 - To earn the starting job at left end, opposite Pro Bowl right end Julius Peppers, McClellin will have to beat out incumbent Israel Idonije, who at 6-6 and 275 pounds is adept at stopping the run. But Idonije had just 5.0 sacks last season, and McClellin possesses the potential to at least contribute as a situational pass rusher as a rookie. But the Bears feel there's a lot more to his game. "This is an all-downs football player, including special teams," Emery said. "Our special teams coaches gave him a blue level (highest) grade as a special teams player. We are excited about him for several reasons: He's got really quick feet and hands as a pass rusher, he has natural hips as a pass rusher. In his role, his normal starting role at Boise, was as a (middle) linebacker and he would come down and rush on third down or in sub-package situations so there's a lot of versatility to this player." - The Sports Xchange

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