Surprising pick, to me, with more heralded names still on the board. With the 19th pick in the first round of the NFL draft, the Chicago Bears selected Boise State DE Shea McClellin.
My first reaction is I hope McClellin is a lot closer to JJ Watt (Houston Texans first round DE in 2011) than Dan Bauzin, another surprise pick of the Bears that busted out without playing a down. And I sure as hell hope Phil Emery and his staff know what they’re doing with this pick.
Just a little baffling, with the more heralded DE Whitney Mercilus still on the board. And while I was hoping they would select a DE, the second-best offensive tackle in Iowa’s Reilly Reiff was available and would have been sure to bolster the line.
Just a couple of lines on McClellin from Lindy’s draft guide: “doesn’t stand out…doesn’t have the natural burst to be consistent or dominant…not elite…average…but relentless and tenacious that simply makes plays.”
Time will tell. Certainly a great surprise that needs to pan out.