Friday, April 27, 2012

Shea McClennin: Lots of Positives with Bears Top Draft Pick

The Bears picked Boise State linebacker Shea McClennin as their first selection in the 2012 NFL draft. McClennin comes from a strong college program whose last graduating class includes the winningest seniors in college football history. Some expresses surprise that the Bears picked McClennin, but he is remarkably gifted athlete who keeps getting better and better. While he is expected to play defensive end to complement Julius Peppers, he is versatile enough to fill in at other positions if needed. McClellin is 6’-3”, 260 pounds and fast--he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.63 seconds at the combine. Freaky fast Brian Urlacher’s best time was about the same.

McClellin played football, basketball and baseball at Marsing High. At 6’3” he decided football was going to be his college sport although he was a very good basketball player. Sports writers in Boise have suggested that he is guy who is still figuring out just how good he is.

McClennin grew up at the cusp of two small towns: Marsing and Caldwell Idaho. He was raised by his grandparents who adopted him at a young age because his mom was very young. Living on the farm with its unending chores and responsibilities gave him the opportunity to develop the kind of maturity and discipline that should help him stay the course in Chicago. According to the Bears web site, McClennin will be wearing number 99. Most will recall that's Dan Hampton's jersey number. That a good start for a young man.
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