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Meet Bears’ top draft pick Shea McClellin


Shea McClellin

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Updated: April 27, 2012 6:26PM

Many clubs admired that Shea McClellin served as a jack of all trades at Boise State, a force throughout the defense and even special teams.

The Green Bay Packers and New England Patriots—two teams that run a 3-4 defense—were among the teams intereseted in him.

But McClellin couldn’t be more thrilled to focus on the defensive end position, which is where the Bears initially want him.

“I think that fits well,” he said. “I consider myself a rush end, and that’s what they want me to do. I love it.

“It’s going to be great.”

McClellin said he’s played anywhere from 250 to 270 pounds, and he didn’t have any issues playing on the high end.

Asked to name some players models himself after, McClellin mentioned former New England Patriots linebacker Mike Vrabel and Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen.

“He plays hard,” McClellin said of Allen, “and that’s the way I like to play.”

Growing up in Idaho, McClellin said sports always came natural to him. In fact, he thrived at multiple positions in multiple sports. In basketball, he played all five positions, and in baseball, he played at least two.

“I was all over the place,” he said.

During his press conference at Halas Hall, McClellin also wanted to clear up a report last week that he suffered three concussions at Boise State.

“I had one concussion in 2010. I didn’t miss a game. One practice,” he said. “In 2009. It wasn’t a concussion. I had concussion like symptoms. It was more precautionary.

“Basically, just one. I don’t know where three came from.”

He’s looking forward to playing in Chicago, although he had no real connection here.

Well, except for one.

“Only time I’ve been here is a connection flight,” he said.

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