Shea McClellin #99 Defensive End
6'3", 260 lbs.
Rookie / Boise State
Bio - The Bears' first round pick in the draft (19th overall), McClellin is a bruising defensive end with a farm-bred work ethic. As a senior at Boise State, he was named to the All-Mountain West first team and led the team in sacks with seven (16.5 sacks during his junior and senior years combined). He was a second team All-American during his senior year and recorded 50 tackles that season (30 solo). His 12.5 tackles-for-loss were second most on the team. His coaches describe him as having a natural feel for the game and say he's able to pick up concepts quickly. The Bears expect to work him into the rotation immediately, starting him off at left end behind Israel Idonije; however, McClellin is capable of playing both sides. His addition gives the Bears' line size and depth and fits with manager Phil Emery's assertion that the Bears courted players who could have an immediate impact.
Lou's Call – the pressure is on this kid to succeed quickly and show he belongs. McClellin will open the season as the 3rd defensive end which will be an important role. In the 28 regular season games since the Bears released Mark Anderson, the 3rd defensive end on the roster has produced 2 sacks, that's pathetic! McClellin was one of the most underrated defensive ends in college football last year so the Bears are hoping they found a diamond in the rough.
Tom's Take –McClellan is an excellent prospect and a good football player. He's athletic and is a full effort guy and should be a quick learner. After playing in a 3-4 scheme in college, he'll be asked to play with his hand on the ground, and there could be a few bumps at first. I expect him to be used in a rotation and will be asked to provide a solid pass rush in his rookie season
Dionne's View – I was surprised by the pick. But in talking to him, he is a Phil Emery, Lovie Smith kind of kid. Smart, respectful, nasty on the field. At least we hope. Sack Aaron Rodgers a couple of times, maybe even Peyton in the preseason and fans will be sporting the 99 jersey – a lot.