Upon hearing Roger Goodell read off the name “Shea McClellin,” the high that many Bears fans were on, sunk to a complete low. The reaction on twitter was a collective "Uhh . . . who? What?!" No one really knows who he is, and personally, I had never really cared to know of him. I wouldn't think the Bears would pick this guy.
He was projected to be a 3-4 linebacker. Nowhere in his scouting reports does it say that he can put his hand down on the line and be an every down defensive end. He could possibly see some time on passing downs exclusively, but Emery claims he's an every down defensive end. I won’t hold my breath.
Okay, okay, I may be overreacting. That’s my job though, so shut it! It's hard to get mad at a pick that we know nothing about. But trust me, I was mad last night. Those who follow me on Twitter know that.
Apparently, McClellin is a versatile player. Emery mentioned his ability to play special teams as well. Hey Phil, you don't draft special teams players in the first-round! Right now, no one really knows what role he will actually play come September. If Lovie has anything to do with it, he will play every position from kick returner, to left tackle. Lovie changes player positions more than he changes his underwear.
Immediately, people started asking, "Urlachers replacement?" I doubt it . . . big time. My fear is that he is more “hard worker,” rather than “talented athlete.”
What I don't like about this pick is it just sounds like Israel Idonije all over again. Hard worker, versatile, great on special teams . . . all that jazz.
But there is one interesting take on this pick that I came up with after realizing who the Bears drafted. Could Emery possibly be gearing up with guys who fit a 3-4 system if Lovie ends up not the Bears head coach next year? This guy would fit that mold well as the blitzing 3-4 linebacker. He is comparable to Clay Matthews from a size perspective. We shall see.
Time will tell, and I can’t slam Emery just yet; he has done too much good. But I’m curious to see what he looks like up close and personal in training camp this year.
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