Chicago Bears draft Shea McClellin; how will he fit with the Bears?

Apr 26, 2012; New York, NY, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell introduces Shea McClellin (Boise State) as the number nineteen overall pick to the Chicago Bears in the 2012 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-US PRESSWIRE

Shea McClellin went to the Chicago Bears with the No. 19 pick in the NFL Draft, a pick that three months of mocking never saw coming. Projected as a 3-4 outside linebacker or edge rusher, McClellin will be joining a 4-3 defense in Chicago and pair with Julius Peppers to terrorize NFC North QBs like Aaron Rodgers and Matthew Stafford and Token Viking Quarterback.

McClellin is the second-highest Boise State player drafted, behind only Ryan Clady at No. 12 to the Denver Broncos in 2008.

With the Bears and their 4-3, McClellin figures to play defensive end. Here is a taste of what the Bears have at the defensive end position:

  • Julius Peppers (starter)
  • Israel Idonije (projected starter)
  • Corey Wooton
  • Chauncey Davis

I would have preferred to see McClellin go to a 3-4 team where his athleticism could really be put on display. He is not built like many NFL defensive ends; he fits the mold of a speedy edge rusher. Hopefully the Bears recognize his strengths and put McClellin in a position to succeed.

Your turn

What is your take on Shea McClellin to the Bears? Think he'll fit in well in Chicago? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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