Stands up at
OLB. Plays the edge well. He gets low and under pads well. Shows power
when he is the lowest. He gets some nice speed around the edge. This guy
looks like the kind of OLB BB has been grabbing lately. He Also had some
interesting Stats at the Combine. He has the worst strength numbers of any
D-End, only benching 225 pounds 19 times. However, he also had the second
He looks a lot
like Vrabel rushing from the other side. He is a bit of a one-trick pony,
like Vrabel. His main more around the Corner is the Dip and Rip. He does
show some better speed around the corner than Ninkovich. More sneaky than
hand fighter on the rush, but has that knack for getting to the QB. Has a
nice Rip on the inside rush.
This guy has the size, and on-field speed to
play in the NFL. Very adept at stunting, as Boise ST stunts and twists a
He lines up at ILB/Nickel LB, but doesn't really drop. Mostly he
is a stand up rusher, who mostly Twists around one of the D-Tackles and
tries to find a lane to the QB when he is lined up inside. He is very
adept at doing Twist around the DT, especially Winn. Those two guys work
very well together on Stunts and Twist. He has 20.5 Career Sacks, and 16.5
Sacks and 26 TFL in the past two seasons.
Terrific athlete. Plays
fast. Played some Nickel Linebacker at the Senior Bowl and was very impressive.
He actually dropped in coverage like an ILB at the SB. Nice pedal. He is very light on his feet. We know he can rush the passer
from the D-End and the OLB position, but he was very impressive as a cover
LB at the Senior Bowl. Nice tackler in the open field. He dropped smoothly with
excellent awareness in coverage, and then step up quickly when the QB hits the
This is a guy I
really like. I Taped a Boise game early in the season to watch this D-End
I had heard a lot about, Billy Winn. I was watching this guy, and all of a
sudden some thin looking Waterboy flashed by, and he was moving (and I
swear he was squealing like a pig too;-). He has that on field flash that you look for.
He is really
skinny and has to put some weight on the legs, but he plays fast, and
plays all over the field.
Then he shows up
at the Senior Bowl redefining versatility. At the end of the Game he went to Nickel ILB, and didnít rush every time, but dropped and looked good.
He plays Special Teams. He rushes the Passer standing up on the edge. He
played in ILB, and rushed. He played D-End, and rushed. He lined up every
where but Nose Tackle for Boise, and rushed. He is a bit straight-linish,
and that could hurt him outside.
Personally I have
no problem with BB trading down into the 2nd Round without taking a
passrusher in the 1st. If they can pick up another First next year and
snag this guy in the 2nd. I know he is a developmental guy, he has to add
weight and strength, and when guys add bulk you donít know how it will
affect their speed. However, he is not going to make it to pick 48.
Here he is way
out in a wide 9. He is a stand up OLB in a 3-4 rushing the QB. This is
what Patís fan want to see. He reminds me a lot of Vrabel. He doesnít have
a lot of moves, and needs to work on some variety and his hands usage.
This is a typical Vrabel rush where he Dips and Rips around the Corner
(:02). Although it doesn't look like he completes the Rip. It look like he
chops the arm down of the OLT, and holds him off with a well placed elbow.
He is flying up the charts, but he is not a finished product. You can see
there he does a nice job with the Dip and Rio TTC, but canít quite complete the
Here he is more
in a traditional D-End Wide-9, which is suppose to be lined up outside the
Tight End's shoulder (and yes I know there is no TE there, but if there was
a TE he would be lined up outside his shoulder;-). He uses his nice burst.
He has a very underrated blast off the snap, and reaches the Corner in a
flash. Again, he Dips but doesnít quite Rip. He has to improve his Rip
(:10). He likes to grab the outside arm of the O-Tackle with his inside
arm, and club the outside shoulder and Dip. He does it so well, but then
has trouble truly getting the O-Tackleís shoulder and jamming his inside
arm up into his arm pit to Rip. He forces the QB to throw it short the RB
swinging out of the Backfield, and hits him.
Here he is on
Vrabelís side. This is what Patís fans want to see. This is what makes
him special. He has that burst and speed to the outside that you look for,
and then he bounces inside and has the interior quickness that makes
O-Tackles block air. This is a great quick move inside, and just dances
around the ORT and makes the play (:19). Here he is back at D-End on the
Weakside. Arizona ST moved their RB over to his side and kept him in to
block. This is what you want; players who force offenses to adjust to
them. This is just a great block. He takes an inside route, on the Stunt,
and gives Winn the outside rush with the OLT on his shoulder. That is a
very nice inside Stunt, trapping the OLT inside. The whole left side of
the AR ST is dismayed by the Stunt. He drives the OLT back with his chop,
club and half Rip. The RB gets a chip on him inside, and as happens gets
in the OLTís way. He uses his great instincts to Spin outside, and boom
there is the QB, stepping up to avoid Winn. Excellent play (:30).
up in Vrabelís position. He has that natural suddenness in his shoulders
that you look for. Watch the quick spin inside. He forces the QB to throw
way to early (:39). Okay, that great blast off the line was made to look
better because of the mis-snap. The OLT didnít move, because the OC had
the wrong count. However, he still does the right thing and almost gets
the ball (:46). Okay, this is an important play. Here he is lined up on
the TE. He dismisses the TE, Sets the Edge, and dodges the Pulling Guard.
This is a BB 3-4 OLB play (:56). For future reference, watch Winn #90, RDT
on this play. That is a nice play for a 3-4 D-End.
Another big play.
Here he is at Nickel Linebacker, which is an ILB position. He did rush a
lot from this position. However, he did drop and cover as well, especially
at the Senior Bowl. Nice move on the OC. He Bulls, and then Rips! He
actually completed his first Rip of the game (Yeah! 1:05;-). Plus, he got
his hand up in the QBí face.
3-4 OLB, they
move the FB over to block him, and he annihilates him and forces
Osweilerís feet to panic and gives Winn a Sack (1:14). Back out in the
Wide-9 doing what he does best. Dip and Rip (1:24). Back to Vrabelís
position. He Stunts inside and the AR ST O-Line canít deal with it
(1:33). The OG stays with the DT and the OC canít get out to stop him
(1:46). But it really shows his lateral quickness, which he uses so well
on the field. They try the Stunt again, and the Guard plays it correctly
this time (1:58).
McClellin Vs New Mexico
When I watch him
play I just see 3-4 OLB. Maybe itís the Vrabel-Ninkovich-Fletcher factor. But this guy can play in BBís 3-4 and hit the QB. Watch him
hustle across the field and get in on the play run away from him. I know
some analyst say he is not fast, but that is competitive speed right there
attention here. He plays all over the field and has the versatility that
BB craves. He plays special teams. He Lines up at ILB and DE. Where ever
he lines up he makes an impact. Here he is as 3-4 OLB rushing the QB. I
know level of competition is a problem, but that is a Speed rush. He just
beats the OLT to the Corner and hits the quarterback (:14). He just has
that knack for hitting the Quarterback, which is something all teams need.
When he gets in that sprinter stance he is coming (:27). He dashes by the
O-Tackle like he was standing still. It's rare you get a full whiff on a
Speed rush like that.
3-4 OLB Setting
the Edge. He sees it. He turns perpendicular and turns the RB inside (:40).
Back at D-End. He gets another blast off the line, splits the double team
and forces the QB to step up right into the D-tackle (:49). I love how he
splits the double team, and dives at the QB and almost hits him (:57).
He switches side,
and rushes past the ORT who pulls downfield. He curls inside and gets a
shoestring (1:04). Here he is switching sides like Ninkovich lined up at
LOLB. He gets in his starter stance, uses a speed rush and tries to Dip
an' Rip around the Corner like Vrabel. Tell me this doesnít remind you Vrabel
Dipping around the Corner (1:11). He puts his hand down again. He holds the POA, but doesnít
make the play (1:19). I would
have like to seen a hit there, but he holds up the ORT and allows his mates
to come in and take him out.
He switches sides
again. He has excellent instincts, and has a nice blast off the line. Once he
sees the OLT abandon the edge, he charges inside, spots the RB and gets in
on the tackle (1:25). Here he is at ILB. He blitzes right
up the gut and gets chopped by the O-Guard (1:34). I always wondered why
he was considered to not be a great athlete. You can say he needs size,
strength, and bulk, but donít tell me he isnít a great athlete with
great agility and speed. He sees the O-tackle blocking down senses run and
charges inside. Then he leaps over the blocker and makes the play (1:42).
Not an athlete! He not only skies over the puny blocker, he dunks the RB
as well (1:50). Here he is at MLB, looking to blitz up the gut again. He
reads the play perfectly and gets almost all the way out to the sideline,
but the play is over before he can get there (1:59).
at D-End. He takes on the double team nicely, but canít hold the point
(2:07). Here he is standing up again. He fakes like he is going to cover
the Slot guy. Then comes off and sprints up field. He flies by the OLT
again, but the QB is waggling away from him (2:14). He gets Sealed inside
by the Tight End. Okay that is a little embarrassing. He needs to put up a
better fight than that.
He read it wrong, and tried to go
inside. The RB bounced it outside (2:23). Back at ILB in the Nickel. He
stays in coverages and eyes the QB the whole time (2:31). Here he is back
at Nickel Backer, and blitzing. He gets pressure this time and forces the QB
to throw a little early and not get the first down (2:37). Hockey fight on
the edge (2:43). Back blitzing as the Nickel ILB. He comes a little late,
but found a lane (2:51). This might be his best run defense of the game.
He slices inside as he feels the inside run coming. He fights through the
ORT inside to stop him short and end the game (2:58).
McClellin Vs VT
I found this Tape
after I did the other two. I like this tape because of the Competition.
New Mexico and AR ST really struggled just blocking Stunts. An NFL O-Line
is not going to fall apart on a single Stunt. Plus, he is playing against a
great college RB and QB. This tape is more relevant than the other two
combined (Iím trying to justify doing a third game after already doing
two acceptable games;-).
Boise ST has to
be the best team at Stunting and Twisting Iíve seen in a while. This is
why their D-Linemen are so highly thought of. When they Stunt one guys
always seems to block more than one O-linemen out of the play. Then
Shea points at 97 and gives him his props (:05). This is a great outside
stunt by 97. Watch how he takes off and charge right at the OLT. He takes
him out while dragging the O-Guard. Shea just has to hop inside with his
great lateral quickness and munches on the QB (:20). Also, watch Winn at LDT,
just toss the OG aside. He is moving up in my eyes as much as Shea.
He gets ridden
down as the QB goes the other way (:27). He is strong enough to hold the
Point of Attack, and Set the Edge (:35). Got fooled by the Counter (:44).
He follows the blockers slant inside and gets caught by the FB as it was a
Here he is
stunting inside again. Watch the lateral quickness as he burst inside, and
his agility as he hits and spins back to the outside when the QB scrambles
(1:00). Looks like he forgot to Stunt inside. You have to know your
assignments son (1:08). Goal line, Setting the Edge. He forces the RB inside
and into two defenders, but they donít make the play (1:16). Something he
did a lot was blitz up the gut standing up. He fakes up field, and then
winds around in a Twist, finds a lane, and hits the QB. (1:22). He
has terrific lateral quickness that allows him to literally run circles around
This is an
excellent edge play. He see it. He reads it, and he makes the play (1:30).
This is what Patís fan want to see. He Sets the Edge, sees the run
inside. Sheds the blocker, and makes a tackle for a loss (1:39). This is a
great rush. He handles the chip with his hands, and hustles all the way
across the field for an all-out hustle Sack (1:48). He pushes off the TE,
and then uses a second burst to get the ORTís outside shoulder and Rips
around the corner. Then it is just a matter of who wants it more (2:07). McClellin
wanted it more.
Nice rush, but he
canít get the ORTís shoulder. (2:27).
However, watch him just stop and toss the ORT off his shirt. You
canít teach that (2:34).
gets washed past the QB (2:41). He sheds the OLT, as he does consistently
and breaks free for a split second and panics the QB (2:49).
bursts past the OLT, Draws a Hold, and hits the QB (2:58). Just another
relentless pursuit of the Quarterback (3:07). He has such a nice blast off
the snap. He is Dipping and Ripping under the OLTís shoulder before he can do
anything about it (3:07). Stand up inside rusher. Twisting to the outside.
He just has that knack
for finding his way to the Quarterback (3:29). Great quickness and burst
to literally run around O-Linemen (3:40). I love that power move where
he shoves off and stops, and uses the O-Linemen's momentum, against him
(3:46). Read and react on the edge (3:54). Reading and reacting in the
running game (4:00).
ANALYSIS: Mayock's take: "He's one of the two fastest risers I've had in the last month. I didn't think a 4-3 team would take him. He's got so much versatility, but I love the football player. ... He can put his hand in the dirt, and across from Julius Peppers, he will get a lot of one-on-one opportunities."
McClellin attended Boise State University from 2008 to 2011. During his career he had 130 tackles, 20.5 sacks, four interceptions and two touchdowns.
After he was drafted, a dispute arose about his concussion history during his time with the Broncos, triggered by an NFL Network report claiming that he had three concussions during his college career and McClellin claiming that he only had one. When asked about this, McClellin stated that he had concussion-like symptoms, rather than a
2008 season: In his second freshman year, after redshirting his first, McClellin played in 10 games before injuring his leg against Idaho. During his first year, he recorded 14 tackles and 3 forced fumbles. McClellin recorded a sack and forced a fumble against Hawaii, as well as blocking a field goal attempt against Oregon. The Broncos would finish undefeated, but would lose to TCU in the 2008 Poinsettia
2009 season: He played in all 13 games for the Broncos, including starts in the final 11. McClellin recorded 36 tackles, six tackles-for-loss and three sacks, as well as recording an interception and two pass break-ups. McClellin recorded at least one tackle in 12 games. His lone interception of the season came against Utah State. Like the year before, the Broncos went undefeated, and ultimately avenged their loss to TCU the year before, this time in the 2009 Fiesta
2010 season: McClellin (far right) tackling Virginia Tech's quarterback Tyrod Taylor.
In McClellin's junior year, he recorded 30 tackles on the season, including 13.5 tackles-for-loss - tied for the most on the team - and a team-high 9.5 sacks. He tied his career high with six tackles against Virginia Tech in the team's season opener. McClellin also forced one fumble and recovered two, one of which was returned for a touchdown against Wyoming, and returned an interception 36 yards for a touchdown against the Toledo Rockets, becoming the first Bronco defensive player to score on a fumble recovery and an interception in the same season since 1999. Boise State would ultimately go to the 2010 Maaco Bowl Las Vegas, and triumph over the Utah Utes.
2011 season: In his final season, McClellin registered 50 tackles, 7 sacks and 12.5 tackles-for-loss. He intercepted two passes, one each against Colorado State and San Diego State, as well as having blocked a kick against the Rams. He recorded a career-high eight tackles against UNLV, as well as a career-high 2.5 sacks against Georgia in the season-opener. In his final game of his college career, McClellin recorded 3 tackles for losses in the victory against the Arizona State Sun Devils in the 2011 Maaco Bowl Las
Vegas. He completed the season tied for 15th among active players in career sacks (20.5). McClellin eventually participated in the 2012 Senior
Before the draft, McClellin was projected as a mid-round pick, but after the Combine, McClellin emerged as a first-round draft pick, with mock drafts having him going to a team that runs the 3-4 defense like the Green Bay Packers or the New England
Patriots, praising his work ethic and size, but questioned his strength. Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery stated that he intended on drafting McClellin as an outside linebacker during his time with the Kansas City
Chiefs. McClellin later worked out for 11 teams, including the Patriots, Chiefs, Buffalo Bills, Tennessee Titans, Indianapolis Colts and the Cleveland Browns. Analysts believed that he could go to the Bears, Packers, San Diego Chargers, Baltimore Ravens, Houston Texans, Pittsburgh Steelers or the New York
Ultimately, he ended up going to the Bears with the 19th pick in the
draft. According to the Bears website, NFL analyst Michael Lombardi was the lone analyst to project McClellin going to the
Bears. McClellin is the second highest draft pick in Boise State history, behind only Ryan Clady (No. 12 in 2008 by Denver).
2012 season: After getting drafted by Chicago, Emery stated that McClellin will play opposite Julius Peppers at left defensive
end, with Chicago Sun-Times writer Sean Jensen saying that McClellin could replace middle-linebacker Brian Urlacher in the event that he leaves the team or
retires. McClellin was signed to a four-year contract on May 11.
McClellin made his NFL debut in week one of the preseason against the Denver Broncos, recording three tackles, one sack (on former Bear Caleb Hanie), one tackle-for-loss, and two quarterback hits. McClellin was penalized for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Hanie, setting up a Broncos field goal; even though the kick missed, the Bears would lose
31-3. McClellin recorded his first official sack on Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, as McClellin recorded 1.5 sacks and four
tackles. In the opening minutes of Week 10 against the Houston Texans, McClellin went out with a
concussion. McClellin was later injured again when he sprained his MCL against the Minnesota Vikings in Week
2013 season: In Week 9 of 2013 against the Packers, McClellin recorded three sacks, one of which knocked Rodgers out of the game. McClellin was eventually named the NFC Defensive Player of the
Week. However, McClellin suffered a hamstring injury on November 7 during practice, and missed the next two
2014 season: After the 2013 season ended, the Bears announced plans to start McClellin at strong-side
linebacker. Chicago Bears senior writer Larry Mayer confirmed the switch on March 24, 2014, and stated that McClellin will switch to #50 in conjunction with the position
2015 season: On April 29, 2015, the Bears announced that they would not be picking up the fifth-year option of McClellin's
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