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An interesting pick. With Briggs, Urlacher and Peppers on the roster this doesn't particularly fill a need. But, if you subscribe to the draft-the-best-player-available draft theory this was a solid pick for Chicago.
Still, he's got the potential to be a great player.
I did a piece on him not long ago, and here are some highlights (you can read the whole thing here):
McClellin is a big, well-built prospect who shows an explosive first step, whether playing with his hand in the dirt or while standing up. He played at a ton of different spots for Boise—both standing up and with his hand down, coming from the outside or blitzing inside.
He has the speed to threaten off the edge from the outside, and coupled with his explosive first step and instinctive timing of the snap count, he could be a terror on the attack.......
He can get a bit upright at times, which costs him leverage, and in those instances I saw him have to fight much harder to get off the blocks he faced. His balance and strength often helped him overcome it at the collegiate level, but that probably won't fly in the pros.
I mentioned seeing him try to go around blocks, and when he does, he sometimes gets moved out of the play completely, spending more time avoiding the block than getting to the ball or quarterback.....
There's very little to dislike with McClellin. He has a tremendous motor, can get to the quarterback and is ferocious against both the run and pass.
If you stop him one way, he will find another way to beat you on the next snap. And if you stifle him for a series, he comes back the next series with twice as much intensity.
I don't think this is a need pick, but it's BPA pick. I like it. Not a perfect pick but potentially very good.
PS - Russ Lande just tweeted he could see McClellin as a DE paired with Peppers.