Bears' First-Round Pick Could Be a Surprise Again

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Bears' First-Round Pick Could Be a Surprise Again
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Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery surprised nearly every fan when he chose Shea McClellin with the 19th pick last year, and he may do it again.

Flashing back to last year, McClellin was viewed as a good player and great athlete, but not necessarily a fit for a 4-3 defense. One thing Emery has said numerous times throughout this offseason is that he doesn't draft for scheme, but rather the best players who can "transcend schemes."

McClellin was a good example of that, and we could see it happen again this season.

While the Boise State product wasn't viewed as a good fit for the Bears, he wasn't viewed as a reach. Scouts Inc. (subscription required) had him as the best outside linebacker and 19th best overall prospect.

Most mock drafts have been based on what people think are needs for the Bears, with many of the same names being thrown around.

If he Emery has a surprise up his sleeve again this year, it's going to be hard to predict the pick, but here are a few of the candidates.

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