NFL Draft Prospect Profile: Shea McClellin, DE/OLB Boise State All Green Bay Packers All the Time
Shea McClellin OLB Boise State NFL Draft Profile
Shea McClellin OLB Boise State

Green Bay Packers draft prospect profile: Shea McClellin

Player information:

  • Shea McClellin, DE/OLB Boise State
  • 6-foot-3, 260lbs
  • The type of player coaches (especially one named Kevin Greene) love. Hard worker that gives you full effort at all times and is always looking to improve.

NFL Combine:

  • 4.62 40yd dash
  • 4.33 20 yard shuttle
  • 7.07 3-cone drill
  • 9.83′ long jump
  • 31.5″ vertical jump
  • 19 bench press reps

News & Notes:

Boise State was the only FBS school that showed any interest in McClellin out of High School. Played running back and linebacker in High School. McClellin has built himself up and gotten bigger and better every year. Played multiple positions at Boise, as a DE with his hand on the ground and a LB from a standing position. The 19 bench press reps at the combine might be a red flag, until you find out he measured out with 32 3/4″ arms and 10 1/8″ hands. Surprised many with his 40 yd dash time.

What they’re saying about him:

Wes Bunting (National Football Post):   A versatile, explosive athlete with a mighty motor who knows how to reach the quarterback. McClellin possesses a solidly put together frame with a strong upper body which maximizes his length into contact. He plays all over the Boise State defense. He will play with his hand on the ground, can stand up and rush from a two-point stance and will blitz from the inside as well.  Impression: McClellin is a productive pass rusher with a big motor, good skill set and can get after the QB in a number of ways. Looks like a potential starter at the next level.

Chad Reuter (CBS Sports):   Extremely active and plays with an aggressive playing nature and attitude — self-starter and strong finisher. Country strong and very physical, welcoming contact. Fights and works hard to find a way to beat blockers — disruptive with a nose for the ball. Versatile defensive player with experience at LB, DE and other hybrid front-seven positions. A creative pass rusher, using a variety of moves and techniques to create pressure. (Combine): McClellin has started three consecutive years at defensive end for Boise State. He is an undersized DE who 3-4 teams will value at the OLB position in their schemes. At just under 260 pounds, he can struggle at times against bigger linemen, but he is a decent prospect at the position and has fifth-round value, especially as a swing player.


Video Analysis:

  • explosive first step and burst off the snap.
  • Reads the play well and finds the ball carrier
  • Surprises tackles with his initial burst. Does not look like he would be that fast.
  • Very active and eager in pursuit
  • Will struggle with pass coverage in the Pros, takes short choppy steps when changing direction.
  • A max effort guy. Could be a “Brooks Reed lite” (without the hair).



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21 thoughts on “NFL Draft Prospect Profile: Shea McClellin, DE/OLB Boise State

  1. Irvin in the 2nd and McL in the 5th seems like a good hedge, if he’s available there.

      1. That’s a problem then. I saw 5th round talent in one of the scouting excerpts. Looks like a good prospect though, and if GB has to plug other holes in the roster, then I would have no qualms with him being GB’s first selection at OLB on the 3rd, even if that means trading up for him.

  2. If he’s avilable in the mid-rounds get him. Could be a nice development player and instant backup.

    I especially like the word “explosive” used to describe him.

  3. My favorite 3-4 OLB prospect, for our scheme.

    Might not have the upside others have, but with CM3 on the other side what we need is consistent pressure. Versatile and smart.

    Him and Irvin are the only prospects (realistic) that I’m comfortable with.

  4. He was a team captain at BSU, so along w/ not taking plays off, and his coachability he fits the term “Packer People”.

    I think he’s more of a complete OLB than a lot of the other choices. W/ his versatilty (which TT and DC like)I doubt he gets out of round 3.

  5. J-AL,
    You reference the three sites above. What other sites do you trust most for their opinion?

    1. Bunting (NFP) and Reuter (CBS) give some unique, even out of the box opinions and thoughts on some prospects. They tend to go out on a limb more often than other draft sites. Mike Mayock on is great as well. Look at draft blog for daily links to local articles (they tend to be dialed into local prospects).

      Almost every other draft site basically just borrows from one-another to the point their draft boards and big boards look almost identical. It’s one big copying circle-jerk with little original analysis outside of those. Ever wonder how so many sites do ‘original assessment’ and come up with little variation? It’s impossible…

      1. Those sites tend to, ahem, live fast and die young…

        I’ll be excusing myself now…

    2. I trust Mayock more than anyone, but he’s an “on-screen” guy – doesn’t write much that I can use here. I also like to check in to, subsc. required.

  6. Like the versatility. With the amount we ask our OLBs to do it’s important. If we could get him in the 3rd could be a very nice pick…

      1. If I’d waited a few more minutes I could have addded 3rd round for OLB would be ideal as Neal’s apparent idiocy surely makes DL in the 1st a priority ?

  7. I like what I read about this guy. Could be a great complement for CM3. I do wonder about pass coverage – but I’m sure the coaches should be able to get him to shed a few pounds.

  8. I dont think McClellin will get out of the 2nd round. No way he falls to round 5, no way at all. Good pass rushers are in high demand and he has a solid chance to be a good one.

    I remember one scouting report saying how much faster he actually is than he appears to be, because he is so smooth and efortless.

  9. I would guess the hope is he’ll be around in the 3rd round. I know that TT drafts talent over need, but at some point this offseason he has to address the D-line, so my hope is he does so with the first two rounds. McClellin looks like a great possibility though, seems like a good character guy, with a high motor, size and good upside. Hopefully the quickness on tape against WAC opponents can carryover against NFL tackles.

  10. Just for reference, packerchatters just did a mock draft and McClellin was talked about at the end of the first and ultimately drafted in the 2nd. Obviously it’s just a mock amongst fans, but in all honesty there’s no way he gets out of the second round. If we could get a player who runs a 4.6 40 and shows great pass rushing moves at the very end of the 2nd round that would be a steal in my opinion… Go Pack

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