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Round 1, Pick 19: Shea McClellin, DE/OLB, Boise State
Overall Prospect Rank: No. 43
McClellin has high upside as an athletic pass-rusher. However, McClellin is much better suited to play outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme than defensive end in a 4-3, which is where he is set to line up for the Bears.
McClellin is not a natural fit in the Bears’ defense, but he does have talent. He has a great get-off at the line of scrimmage, and he is very effective at tracking down runners in space. McClellin is a high-motor player who did not fill up stat sheets at Boise State, but made a consistent presence. However, he needs to add size and strength to play defensive end.
Round 2, Pick 45: Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina
Overall Prospect Rank: No. 22
Jeffery is a big wide receiver who has the most pure talent of any wide receiver in this draft class. His stock dropped due to a lack of elite speed and a steep drop in productivity in his junior season, but he is a very skilled downfield receiver.
He has great size, strength and hands. He has enough athleticism to complement his other traits, and he will create many tough one-on-one matchups for opposing cornerbacks.
Round 3, Pick 79: Brandon Hardin, FS, Oregon State
Overall Prospect Rank: No. 196
After he missed all of last season due to shoulder surgery, Hardin was expected to be selected much later than Round 3. That said, he is an intriguing prospect with the skills to develop into a player worth this selection.
Hardin is a physical defensive back with safety size, but he can cover like a cornerback. He is very athletic for a safety and a solid tackler. His game needs to develop, but he has the potential to develop into a quality starting free safety.
Round 4, Pick 111: Evan Rodriguez, TE/FB, Temple
Overall Prospect Rank: No. 180
Rodriguez is short for an in-line tight end, but he has potential as an H-back who could play a Chris Cooley-like role for the Bears. He is an effective blocker with reliable hands. Rodriguez should be a situational player and a quality special teams contributor.
Round 6, Pick 184: Isaiah Frey, CB, Nevada
Overall Prospect Rank: No. 184
Frey is a very solid cover cornerback who was productive and consistent for Nevada. He is a good athlete who plays with physicality and has good ball skills. Frey is well-rounded and should be able to provide depth at the position and play special teams as well.
Round 7, Pick 220: Greg McCoy, CB, TCU
Overall Prospect Rank: No. 241
McCoy is an instinctive cornerback who tackles well and has very good athleticism, and is also a very effective punt returner. However, he is a small cornerback who is inconsistent in coverage and could struggle against big, outside receivers in the NFL. That said, McCoy projects well as a special teams contributor and returner.