With the 19th overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft, the Chicago Bears selected Boise St. Broncos defensive end/outside linebacker Shea McClellin. McClellin ranks as the No. 8 defensive end in this draft in Mocking the Draft's estimation. McClellin rocketed up draft boards after the Combine. Though he can play both with a hand down and standing up, he was announced as an outside linebacker in the NFL.
The 6-foot-3, 258-pound linebacker totaled 20.5 sacks, including 16.5 over the last two season. He grabbed four interceptions as well. This is what Mocking the Draft had to write about McClellin before the draft:
Final Word: Shane McClellin has a chance to sneak into the first round and makes a lot of sense for a team that plays 3-4 defense. He gets after the passer well and is a safe pick due to his consistently high motor. McClellin was very productive in some of Boise State's biggest games last season, which is a great sign moving forward.
He now gets his chance to prove himself with the Bears, a team that had not selected a defensive player in the first round since the middle of the previous decade.
McClellin is the third Boise State player to go in the first round. Will running back Doug Martin join him in the first round?
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