The Chicago Bears and defensive end Shea McClellin agreed to terms on a four-year contract on Friday. The Bears used their first round pick (the 19th overall selection) to draft the Boise State product.
McClellin is expected to be the starting left defensive end opposite of Julius Peppers in 2012. Many thought he was best-suited to be a 3-4 outside linebacker, but the Bears are very confident that he can be a successful hand-on-the-ground, 4-3 defensive end.
McClellin's biggest strength is without question his ability to get to the quarterback, and finding such a player was without question the Bears' biggest need heading into the draft. The 6'3", 260-pounder had 20.5 sacks in 49 games at Boise State, and keep in mind that their defense wasn't even on the field frequently with how dominant their offense was.
McClellin ran an impressive 4.63 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine, and is exceptionally quick off the edge. He has great football instincts, and is a very high-motor guy that Rod Marinelli should absolutely love working with.
The Bears now have five of their six draft picks signed, with third-round pick Brandon Hardin (safety) the only player yet to sign.
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