Shea McClellin 2012 NFL Draft scouting report

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Shea McClellin

6'3'', 258 pounds | Outside Linebacker | Boise State

Games Watched: Arizona State, Nevada, New Mexico, Georgia

Coverage: While McClellin's strengths lie in pass rushing, he showed the ability to play solid man-to-man coverage when asked to drop back this season. He is a a natural athlete who closed on the ball very well in pass defense.

Instincts/Recognition: As mentioned above, McClellin has great instincts, both rushing the passer and in the running game. He is patient in the running game and recognizes plays very well. McClellin was a leader for Boise State's defense this season.

Pass Rush: McClellin's pass rushing skills are what could make him a first round pick. He is a high motor player with a solid repertoire of pass rushing moves. Against Georgia, McClellin gave Cordy Glenn some trouble. He has a good burst off the line of scrimmage and shows good lean around the edge when getting after the passer.

Pursuit: McClellin never gives up on a play. Even when he is initially blacked on a play, he keeps ripping and churning his legs toward the play. This makes him a dangerous pass rusher and useful in rush defense.

Run Defense: A sideline to sideline player, McClellin made a lot of plays in the backfield for Boise State this season. He never gives up on the play and extends his arms well to anchor the defensive line. Has a bit of a mean streak to him.

Strength: For his size, McClellin is a strong player. He played inside and out on Boise State's defensive line and was never overmatched. His performance against Georgia's Cordy Glenn, who is considered a strong lineman, was very encouraging.

Final Word: Shane McClellin has a chance to sneak into the first round and makes a lot of sense for a team that plays 3-4 defense. He gets after the passer well and is a safe pick due to his consistently high motor. McClellin was very productive in some of Boise State's biggest games last season, which is a great sign moving forward.

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