Shea McClellin is doing what few first rounders are asked to do: switch positions. In his third…
The McClellin Project: Part I
After selecting Shea McClellin with his very first draft pick as general manager of the Chicago Bears, Phil Emery took a lot of heat. McClellin was an undersized defensive lineman who played as much linebacker at Boise State as he did defensive end. The Bears were banking on his ability to speed rush off the edge but at just 6-3 and less than 260 pounds, with just 19 bench-press reps at the combine, questions immediately arose about McClellin's ability to be an every-down player. Those concerns proved justifiable the past two seasons, during which McCelllin has struggled against both the run and pass. As an edge rusher, he accumulated just 6.5 sacks his first two years, with 3.0 coming in one contest, and against the run, he was a liability. According to Pro Football Focus, no defensive end in the league last year was worse than McClellin in stopping the run. Emery has tucked his tail between his legs and admitted his mistake. As a result, McClellin will play linebacker for the...
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