As promised, we have another spotlight, though this one is without my own video.
There are plenty of great highlights to go with this column anyway, so check them out.
Today's prospect spotlight focuses on a linebacker who is rocketing up draft boards as we approach next week's NFL Draft—Boise State linebacker Shea McClellin.
McClellin is a big, well-built, prospect who shows an explosive first step, whether playing with his hand in the dirt or while standing up. He played at a ton of different spots for Boise—both standing up and with his hand down, coming from the outside or blitzing inside.
He has the speed to threaten off the edge from the outside, and coupled with his explosive first step and instinctive timing of the snap count, he could be a terror on the attack.
McClellin's got multiple tools in his pass rush arsenal as well and knows how to press a quarterback from multiple spots in multiple ways. He is also savvy in how he sets up pre-snap—quarterbacks often have issues reading what he will do.
Boise had him drop into coverage as well and I thought he did very well in man coverage.
Against the run, McClellin moves well for a guy his size and can violently shed blocks to get to the ballcarrier, though often he tries to move around a block which can be an issue (see below).
Generally though, he's able to get clean and continue pursuit.
In both instances where he played against the pass and the run, I saw him constantly moving and was really impressed with his motor. He never gives up on a play and goes snap to whistle at full effort.
He can get a bit upright at times, which costs him leverage and in those instances I saw him have to fight much harder to get off the blocks he faced. His balance and strength often helped him overcome it at the collegiate level but that probably won't fly in the pros.
I mentioned seeing him try to go around blocks and when he does, he sometimes gets moved out of the play completely, spending more time avoiding the block than getting to the ball or quarterback.
At times he seemed a bit stiff, and isn't terribly flexible but he overcomes this with excellent technique. He can get his pad level very low and sinks his hips to get around the corner with the best of them.
There's very little to dislike with McClellin. He has a tremendous motor, can get to the quarterback and is ferocious against both the run and pass.
If you stop him one way, he will find another way to beat you on the next snap and if you stifle him for a series, he comes back the next series with twice as much intensity.
I think the Packers would be tremendously happy with this guy in the first round and there is no way he's there by the time they pick in round two. He's everything I believe they want in an OLB—fast, savage, smart, relentless—and across from Clay Matthews he would be a beast.
I love him and he's gone from someone you could sneak in round 3 to someone you have to grab ASAP in the late first.
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