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A few minutes with Shea McClellin

Post by Eric Williams on March 3, 2012 at 9:05 am with 25 Comments »
March 3, 2012 9:05 am

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.

Boise State defensive lineman Shea McClellin runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis on Monday, Feb. 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

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.

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  1. Dukeshire says:

    Just looking at him from games I watched and seeing him at the Sr Bowl, he strikes me as a guy that would have a hard time keeping his weight up. Which, in my opinion, tends to mean he’ll be susceptible to injuries. A bit like Patrick Kerney or Lofa.

    And like Eric said, a bit of a tweener. I would compare him to Nick Reed, 2.0. Love the work ethic and attitude, however.

  2. How is he a better prospect than Dexter Davis or Jameson Konz? Konz is WAAAY faster and stronger. Though the bench press deficiency can be fixed by our strength coach and time, and Im not worried about that.

    I like that he was a farm kid. Farm boys know how to put in the work.

  3. Macabrevity says:

    Hey guys… what’s your dream scenario for this draft? – assuming we don’t use FA to answer the big positional questions like pass rusher or QB.

    I’d love it if it played out something like this:
    1st round: LB Luke Kuechly (always liked the Heater, but it might be time to move on – and this guy is an absolute stud)- I’ll bust my TV if we nab Nick Perry – solely based on the sudden comparisons to Curry. Brockers is intriguing, although the bust potential is pretty big in my book, and he really needs to hit the weight room.

    2nd round: QB Kirk Cousins (I still like the potential of Osweiler – but I have a feeling he will go higher after workouts, just a hunch after last years QB crop all seemed to go higher than projected)

    3rd round: RB Robert Turbin (really starting to like this guy – only saw one Utah State game last year though)

    4th round: LB Shea McClellin – I don’t know, maybe he’ll already be gone, but would be happy with the pick if he was available here.

    5th round: SS Tavon Wilson – seems like the type of guy who could back up either of our safeties competently if need be.

  4. Soggybuc says:

    Well how many times do you expect him to pick up a 220# QB and slam him to the ground a game? 10 would be good for me.
    And what a dumb question about can he “put his hand on the ground” really? i guess since he played from a standing position for the past 2 seasons that means he can never remember or be taught again how to play from a 3 point stance.
    I guess since Red has played DE for 2 seasons he can never slide inside because he has forgotten everything he ever knew about playing tackle.

  5. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Konz could be a poster child for how just running faster and being stronger does not make for being a good football player.

    I think for the most part either you have it ( football IQ ) Matthews, Kuechly, or you don’t, Curry.

    That’s why it’s always fun for me to see a developement player improve through hard work like Heater.

  6. Dream Scenario? A time machine for:

    Round 1 – John Elway
    2 – Reggie White
    3 – Cortez Kennedy
    4 – Bruce Smith
    6 – Walter Jones (Breno gets benched for Okung at RT)
    7 – Jerry Rice

  7. Dukeshire says:

    In Konz’s defense, the drafted him as WR, moved him to TE briefly, and now have him as a DE / LB. Tough to develop at a position that way. Although he may never develop, regardless.

  8. Dukeshire says:

    You didn’t draft Steve Largent? Go to your room and think about what you’ve done!

  9. Soggybuc says:

    LOL, dream scenario? lets go back and snag the fearsome foursome and draft Jim Brown.

  10. Remember, we may get a late comp pick or two. Then we’ll pair Jim Brown with the Beast!

    Largent is going to be the Baldwin of this group. He’s going to go undrafted (or drafted by someone else and released) and then we’re going to pick him up. Afterall, there aren’t 8 rounds in the draft anymore.


  11. Soggybuc says:

    can we add Derrick Thomas in here somewhere too?

  12. Macabrevity says:


    I guess you’ll be playing Madden instead of watching the draft then. :P

  13. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I’m still holding out hope for Konz because of the reasons you stated Dukeshire. He could be the poster child, but I hope he doesn’t.

    Seems like every year I get fooled into liking players that blow others away at the combine! Poe and Hill are the two Im falling for this year.
    Chris Johnson, and Konz were others that I have fallen for.

  14. GeorgiaHawk says:

    How about Walter Peyton? And he could through the ball as good as all our qbs can.

  15. Dukeshire says:

    I just realized Bobby selected 3 DL in a row. Man, he must hate our current group. Lol

  16. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Throw- Lol.

  17. SeahawkFan12 says:

    Shea McClellin is a stud and good dude. I’d love to have him on the Seahawks roster.

  18. Anyone remember the Buddy Ryan bounty on Troy Aikman? I don’t think this is anything all that new.

  19. Dukeshire says:

    Bounties are as old as the game itself.

  20. A couple of linebackers I like better in round 2 or 3

    Bobby Wagner
    Mychal Kendricks

    Wagner is a little more versatile because he can play inside or outside.

  21. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I wonder if the Eagles were putting a bounty on Okung last year? The dirtiest play of the year, imo! I forget the fine, something like $10,000?

  22. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I like Wagner and Kendricks. They both are a little short, however they have good football instincts.

  23. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I know bounties have been part of the NFL from the beginning, ( I moved to Atlanta during the Glanville era. Lol ), however it seems odd that suddenly two team are being investigated and/or exposed for it.

    I guess it’s just another angle the NFL is using to reduce injuries.

  24. Dukeshire says:

    Cole was fined $7500 for intentionally ending Okung’s season. Uniform fines are $10,000. Such B.S.

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