Pre-Combine Grade: 58.5 (Draftable Player, 4th-7th round pick)
What they're saying:
McClellin is a strong player inside for the Broncos who uses good leverage to get under heavier offensive linemen and jolt them back in their stance. He is aggressive in his slants to get inside and create disruption in the backfield. He is stout despite playing underweight, and can hold off linemen and smother tight ends at the point of attack. He has no problem tackling and is a good pass rusher; he employs a quick-trigger off the line and uses his hands to swat and then dip around unassuming tackles. He is good to keep hands off his body, a solid defensive tactic for a player his size. Once in the backfield, he finishes plays with flare and can run down most quarterbacks.
McClellin will have a tough time convincing teams, even though he has been productive, to take a shot on him early in the draft because of his size. He has displayed enough athletic ability for teams to consider him at outside backer, but size is his only true, glaring fault and he could absolutely stand to lose weight as he enters the next level. He can get smothered by double teams and moved aside by more powerful linemen with NFL talent.
Following at impressive showing at the Senior Bowl, Shea McClellin told me he was going back to California to work on his 40-time.
On Monday, that hard work paid off.
In his second 40-attempt at the NFL Combine, McClellin - who projects as a hybrid linebacker -defensive end in the NFL - ran a blistering 4.62 seconds, tied for third fastest amongst defensive lineman.
More to come. McClellin has complete his workout at the NFL Combine.
Shea McClellin interviewed by NFL.com following workout. WATCH what he has to say.
Below is the transcript:
Your thoughts on how you did?
"You know, overall I think I did pretty well. I felt fast running the 40 and I (set personal records) in almost everything else."
What did you have to do to show talent evaluators that you can also play outside linebacker?
"I think I just had to show my speed to the NFL teams and show that I'm explosive."
Boise State is starting to produce NFL players - what type of recruits do (the Broncos) bring in there?
"The coaches do a great job brining in recruits. They bring in their kind of guys and mold them into great players by the end of their careers."
In your 1-on-1 time with NFL teams, what are they telling you?
"I'm going to keep that confidential for the sake of the teams. I'm not going to talk about that."
At the next level, you'll be required to make plays in place. What are you going to work on to show you can do that?
"I think that's something I can definitely work on. I'm going to go back and try to work on more linebacker drills and doing things in space."
Arm Length: 32 3/4"
Hands: 10 1/8"
Workout Day: Monday
40-Yard: 4.63 (2nd out of 51) -- 4.65u and 4.62u (WATCH: 2:28:04 and 2:57:23 on CAM 2)
Bench Press: 19 (t-last out of 44 lineman)
Vertical Jump: 31.5" (t-25th out of 52)
Broad Jump: 9'10" (t-8th out of 51)
3-Cone Drill: 7.07 (8th out of 48)
20-Yard Shuttle: 4.33 (12th out of 50)
Official numbers courtesy of NFL.com.