NFL DRAFT UPDATE:
Shea McCellin was drafted 19th overall by the Chicago Bears. In doing so, McClellin becomes the second-highest Boise State player drafted in school history (Ryan Clady was drafted 12th overall in 2008), and just the third first rounder in school history. It is the 2nd highest draft pick for an Idaho native. Fruitland's Jordan Gross was picked with the 8th selection in 2003 when he went to the Carolina Panthers.
Draft experts break down selection:
"You think about what he did for the Broncos, 20 1/2 career sacks ... he can play outside linebacker, inside linebacker, defensive end - that's where he will have to play with the Chicago Bears." -- ESPN Draft Analyst Mel Kiper Jr.
"I think he can play SAM linebacker in (the Bears) 4-3 scheme and be a part of their nickel pass rusher because he did it at Boise State. Just find the football and you'll find Shea McClellin. He did an excellent job at the Senior Bowl. I like this Boise State football program."
"This kid is a winner. He's a high effort guy. He fits the criteria of the Chicago Bears defense. He's going to fit in nice up there." -- ESPN Analyst and former Super Bowl winning coach Jon Gruden
NFL Draft Profile
Projected Pick: Late first round
Known team workouts: Chicago, New England (visited), Indianapolis (visited)
Former Boise State defensive end-turned-linebacker Shea McClellin enters the NFL Draft as one of the hottest prospects in the country.
After showing he had the ability to play linebacker at the Senior Bowl in January, McClellin was one of the most impressive athletes in attendance at the NFL Combine in February.
All that has culminated into many analysis believing he will hear his name called in the first round of the draft, joining cornerback Kyle Wilson and offensive tackle Ryan Clady as the only Broncos to be drafted that early.
Boise State Stats
Quotes and Comments:
"Shea McClellin is a trained assassin on the football field. That guy has been such an unbelieveable player for us for a long time and completely and totally underrated - I think maybe - in the public eye." -- BSU head football coach Chris Petersen
"In (Boise State's) structure he played inside linebacker, he played outside linebacker, he put his hand on the ground - there are a lot of things you can do with him off the edge. The most important thing in this league is finding guys who can get after the quarterback. He can.
When you look at what he did at the Senior Bowl practices and those 1-on-1 drills, that was eye-opening as well. He played like a first round pick during his career at Boise, he played like it at the Senior Bowl, and he tested like it (at the combine)." -- ESPN Draft Analyst Mel Kiper Jr.