One player moving up the draft boards after his performance at both the Senior Bowl and the NFL Scouting Combine in Boise State edge rusher Shea McClellin.
McClellin measured in at 6-foot-3, 260 pounds in Indianapolis.
He also showed that he’s a pretty good athlete. McClellin ran an impressive 4.63 in the 40-yard dash. He also jumped 31 ½ inches in the vertical jump and posted a mark of nine feet, 10 inches in the broad jump.
McClellin also only bench pressed 225 pounds 19 times, which was the lowest mark among defensive linemen.
Currently, McClellin is projected as a second round pick. In his final year at Boise State, he finished with 50 tackles, including 12.5 tackles for loss and seven sacks.
McClellin played mostly weak-side defensive end in Boise State’s 4-3 defensive scheme, but he has the ability to stand up and play linebacker in a 3-4 or 4-3, and a handful of times he also kicked down and played defensive tackle in passing situations for the Broncos.
McClellin said the one guy he gets compared to a lot is former New England linebacker Mike Vrabel.
“The last two years of my career I kind of got molded into the linebacker position,” McClellin said. “This last year it was 50/50 depending on what we were running.”
McClellin was recruited as a tight end coming out of high school. But he had a quick answer when asked why didn’t want to play offense coming out of high school.
“Because that’s the dark side, that’s why,” joked McClellen.
McClellin pointed to players like Brooks Reed, Clay Matthews, Justin Tuck, Osi Umenyiora and Jason Pierre-Paul as players he tries to emulate.
McClellin grew up on a farm in Maring, Idaho, where he helped his family raise goats, chickens, sheep and other wild animals.
“I learned so much on the farm as far as discipline and getting up early and working hard,” McClellin said. “I think a lot of that goes into football and working out in the weight room and on the field.”
Check out some highlights of McClellin in the video below.