With just days before the draft, the Chicago Bears are still working hard to determine just who they are going to take. Phil Emery has said that the moves made in free agency have given the team the flexibility to either go with strength or the ability to fill what the team deems a need. They are now taking a special interest in Shea McClellin. Just how would McClellin add to the defense this season?
McClellin comes from the Boise State Broncos. He had a pretty impressive showing in the 40 yard dash at the NFL Combine this year. He ran the dash in 4.63, placing second behind Bruce Irvin. His overall grade was 58.5, which placed him as a draftable player.
In his last season with the Boise State Broncos, he played as a 3-4 outside linebacker, which is something the Bears are looking for. He also clocked time as a 4-3 defensive end and as inside linebacker. McClellin seems to be an all-around solid player. The only problem is that the Bears have already had private practices and met with other players who seem more solid.
McClellin is small for his position, and he may not do as well against double teams in the NFL. Whitney Mercilus has more of a chance to shine in that respect. If the Bears are willing to go with someone who is smaller, Melvin Ingram would be the best pick out of the bunch.
It isn't that McClellin is bad, it just seems that the Bears have better options out there. Why settle for someone when they can get someone who is great? Mercilus can play 3-4 or 4-3 just as well, if not better. Ingram did extremely well at the combine and has plenty of flexibility, including the ability to fit into a 3-4 scheme.
Phil Emery said that the team is looking at a core of seven players, but would not give any indication as to who he placed at the top of the list. Given his tremendous scouting ability, it seems unlikely that the Bears will go with McClellin.
Whitney Levon is a Chicago native whose dedication to the Bears goes back to her first football memory; the Bears' 1985 Super Bowl victory. She has been covering the Chicago Bears and other Chicago teams since 2010. You can follow her on Twitter @wlevon1.
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