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SOTT Draft Profile: Shea McClellin


The next few weeks here on State of the Texans we will be doing some draft profiles of some particular players who could possibly fit into the Texans plans. We are not going to try to piece together scouting reports, but we enlist help of bloggers who actually cover the respective player and their school.

We talk to Kevan Lee from OBNUG, a Boise State Broncos blog on SB nation and talk about the defensive end hybrid Shea McClellin. One of the most versatile players in this years draft, McClellin has shown he can play either defensive end or outside linebacker. He has the "high motor" tag, but that may not be such a bad thing for an already solid defense in Houston. At 6'3" 255 lbs. McClellin has the talent to rush the passer or stand up to the run. Another player like McClellin could give the Texans even more depth at multiple positions.

Can you give us some background on Shea McClellin.

McClellin was a local kid who went to a small school and was lightly recruited. He was all-state as a linebacker and a running back, but once Boise State's strength and conditioning Hans and Franz got a hold of him, he was defensive end material. He played in a backup role his freshman season and then burst into the starting lineup as a sophomore. By the end of his Bronco career, he was one of the team's top defensive players and a popular pick for preseason and postseason conference Defensive Player of the Year honors.

What did he mean to Boise State as a player and person?

McClellin was a quiet kid who didn't really make much noise outside of the football field. He was a key part to the team, but outside of game day I don't think fans thought too often of him. I think his impact will be felt most next season when a new guy replaces him at DE.

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Is it true he played linebacker, defensive end and nickel back for the Broncos? 

McClellin's position on the depth chart was at defensive end, but depending on the Broncos' defensive scheme, he could move out to linebacker, too (most notably in the 3-4 as an outside 'backer or as an inside 'backer in blitzing pass downs). To call him a nickel back is kind of stretching the truth. Boise State's "nickel" is a hybrid linebacker-safety and not the tiny coverage guy that describes most nickels in the pros. He did dabble as BSU's nickel in certain packages, but he was rarely called on to cover deep or go one-on-one with slot guys.

What are McClellin's strengths and weaknesses? 

Strengths: Deceptive speed off the edge, good instincts, athletic, makes plays on the ball, always in the right place at the right time.

Weaknesses: Can disappear at times, can get overwhelmed by larger blockers

Where do see him in the NFL as in position and why?

Sounds like he did pretty well at inside linebacker at the Senior Bowl, so I could see him sticking there. It's a position he played well in high school. He's probably too small for a defensive end at the next level, but I could see him as a 3-4 outside linebacker or as a pass rush specialist.