Being invited to New York by the NFL for the first round of the draft is a good sign. One would think the NFL does their due diligence, and knows who will be picked on Thursday night. No one, sadists aside, wants to watch the embarrassing spectacle that features a draftee and his family make the agonizing wait in the green room as the pundits detail why said player fell.
Shea McClellin is one of 26 players invited to Radio City Music Hall. The Boise State linebacker showed the versatility needed to excel in the NFL at Boise State, lining up at both defensive end and linebacker.
McClellin’s great performance at the NFL combine increased his stock, helping him rise from being a mid second-round pick to a likely late first-round selection. His style, molded after former Patriot stalwart Mike Vrabel, makes New England’s interest in the Bronco predictable. The Packers, picking at 28, have also been linked to McClellin.
Weight: 260 Pounds
Born: August 1, 1989
40-yard dash: 4.63
Vertical jump: 31.5 inch
Broad jump: 118 inch
Bench Press: 19 reps at 225 Pounds
Three-cone drill: 7.07
20-yard shuttle: 4.33
Arm length: 32 3/4 inches
Hands: 10 1/8 inches
2011: 13 GP 50 Tackles 12.5 Tackles For Loss 7 Sacks
2010: 13 GP 29 Tackles 12.5 Tackles For Loss 8.5 Sacks
2009:13 GP 36 Tackles 6 Tackles For Loss 3 Sack
2008: 10 GP 14 Tackles 1 Tackle For Loss 1 Sack
What the experts say
A versatile, explosive athlete with a mighty motor who knows how to reach the quarterback. McClellin possesses a solidly put together frame with a strong upper body which maximizes his length into contact. He played all over the Boise State defense. He will play with his hand on the ground, can stand up and rush from a two-point stance and will blitz from the inside as well.
He played both with his hand on the ground at DE, and standing up at LB in Boise State’s defense. What I liked immediately was his lateral agility and quickness. He showed the ability to get low and bend the edge as a pass rusher. He also had an instinctive feel as an inside rusher for getting skinny and getting through small cracks. He shed blocks and made plays in the run game. He was a smooth change-of-direction athlete with excellent balance and body control. My sense is he will get better in the NFL with a chance to be a dynamic edge pass rusher. He’s not as purely explosive as Clay Matthews, but I see some similarities as McClellin matures and develops.
Playing all over the front seven took McClellin out of some pass-rushing situations, which hurt his sack production this season. That versatility makes him a good fit for the 3-4 in the NFL. Against a future NFL offensive lineman, Georgia’s Cordy Glenn, McClellin was phenomenal. He is quick, and features a relentless motor.
Country strong and very physical, welcoming contact. Fights and works hard to find a way to beat blockers — disruptive with a nose for the ball. Versatile defensive player with experience at LB, DE and other hybrid front-seven positions. A creative pass rusher, using a variety of moves and techniques to create pressure.
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.
Two players on the rise, Shea McClellin and Tyrone Crawford, both stood out in position drills. Each was worked in defensive line and linebacker drills and the reports have been positive. Scouts on hand said both players moved exceptionally well and really stood out in linebacker drills. That’s important, as both McClellin and Crawford primarily played the defensive end position at Boise.
The more tape you watch, the more appreciation you have for this (McClellin) kid. He makes plays in every single game I watch, I think people are starting to wake up to McClellin. For instance, if you’re sitting there at No. 20 and you’re the Tennessee Titans, and Quinton Coples is there versus Shea McClellin versus Chandler Jones versus Whitney Mercilus, I wouldn’t touch Quinton Coples. I’d look at those other guys first.
The challenge will be when he’s asked to kick inside to end in sub packages; he’ll most likely be a rotational guy at first. The Reed pro comparison is a bit of a compromise — McClellin is more explosive than (Brooks) Reed, but he’s certainly not at Matthews’ level yet. You can also see elements of Trent Cole and Patrick Kerney in his skill set.
McClellin’s game tape has helped him move up the board considerably. While Coples and Chandler Jones’ week-to-week performance was inconsistent, McClellin was steady during his four years at Boise State. Pegged to go from 25-32, McClellin could be off the board as early as 20.