Is Shea McClellin a Linebacker or a Bust? Chris Burhans October 16, 2013 Chicago Bears, News 28 Comments Prev postNext post To say Shea McClellin has been under producing since he was drafted might be too much of an understatement for some. Recent reports say fans are clamoring for the Chicago Bears to cut the #19 overall pick from the 2012 draft. The word ‘bust’ is used often when describing failures from the first round of yester-year, have you already tagged Shea a first round bust? Something to consider is the Chicago Bears run primarily a 4-3 defense, rather than the 3-4 most thought Shea was more fit for. They even mention it on his NFL.com draft profile: OVERVIEW McClellin has started three consecutive years at defensive end for Boise State. He is an undersized DE who 3-4 teams will value at the OLB position. At just under 260 pounds, he can struggle at times against bigger linemen, but he has fifth-round value. (via NFL.com) So is it much of a surprise he is under producing in the 4-3? Mully and Hanley reported that McClellin was ranked LAST among defensive ends by Pro Football Focus.com recently as well. McClellin a Linebacker or Bust? Playing about 3 years in the NFL is about long enough to declare a bust – but Shea is only on year #2, yet he is criticized often because of his first round status. Lets take a look at how Shea compares to some other first round picks that were popular in 2012. Easy to look at the stats and consider that Shea is under performing, no argument there. However, if he is playing out of position, is that the reason why? Playing against mobile QBs should be where a player like McClellin shines. Speed on the edge and backside pursuit. McClellin is struggling at the intial point of attack and ending up a step or two late on plays. But his energy and athleticism should allow him to to seal the edges when playing against the ‘new age’ QBs with speed. Considering a player a ‘bust’ takes about 3 years in my opinion. The Chicago Bears should not be giving up on Shea McClellin just yet, they should focus on using him more effectively. Even if it means moving him to OLB eventually. By the way, did you know that next year Shea McClellin is projected to be the 3rd highest paid player on our defense? Yikes. Photos from Chicago Now, NFL.com ____________ Sports Mockery is a leading provider of Chicago breaking sports news with prime focus on Chicago team sports. Sports Mockery offers a variety of news in addition to sports teams in Chicago and it is a must have for all Chicago sports fans. Sports Mockery offers: Chicago Breaking Sports News – Personalized Fantasy Advice – Sports Games and Contests to WIN FREE PRIZES – Unique Ability for our Fans to Write Professional Articles and Express their Opinion – MUCH MORE….. Sports Mockery was built with an emphasis on providing Chicago sports news, but more importantly to speak the voice of the FAN when it comes to Chicago team sports and other sports in Chicago. Send us a link or a picture you like and we’ll post it for the world to see, or create a login and post it yourself! Get involved. Sports Mockery – “Making Chicago Sports News More Fun” Prev postNext post 28 Responses Newer Comments » Kyle Frazier October 16, 2013 Bust Log in to Reply Chad Moya October 16, 2013 Bust big time Log in to Reply Newer Comments » Leave a Reply Cancel Reply You must be logged in to post a comment.