Boise State's homegrown defensive end and outside linebacker Shea McClellin was selected by the Chicago Bears as the No. 19 overall pick during the first day of the 2012 NFL draft, while running back Doug Martin was chosen as the No. 31 pick by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This is the first time that Boise State has had two players chosen in the first round of the draft.
McClellin, from Marsing, Idaho, is the second-highest pick from Boise State in the draft behind Ryan Clady, an offensive tackle, who was the No. 12 pick in the 2008 draft by the Denver Broncos.
McClellin, who is listed at 6'3" and 255 pounds on the 2011-12 BSU roster, is part of a senior class that recorded a 50-3 record over four years. According to broncosports.com, McClellin "completed the season ranked tied for 15th amongst active players in career sacks" at 20.5."
This is not the first time that Chicago has invested in a Boise State football player. In the 2003 draft, the Bears drafted BSU's Brock Forsey (another Idaho native), a running back who was released by the team after the 2004 preseason slate of games.
Martin, a 5'9", 209-pound fifth year senior, is from Stockton, Calif. He played on special teams as a freshman, then as a defensive back as a sophomore for the first three games of the season until an injury allowed him to slip into the offensive backfield. Martin, known to Boise State fans as the "Muscle Hamster," finished his career at Boise State with 43 touchdowns and 3,431 yards rushing.