Originally written April 26, 2012 on Midway Illustrated:
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When the Chicago Bears fired Jerry Angelo everyone thought that things up and Halas Hall would change.  Change didn't come however with the hiring of a former Bears scout in Phil Emery taking over.  Emery was considered a draft guru, and instead Emery proved he's more of the same.  

The Bears drafted Shea McClellin who was a linebacker/defensive end at Boise State.  The McClellin pick might as well mean that Rod Marinelli is the GM of the Bears.  McClellin plays with a high motor and brings shovel to work, but he's not a 4-3 DE in the NFL.  He might be a 3-4 outside linebacker the position he took nearly every rep at while playing in the Senior Bowl.  

McClellin might as well be Nick Reed the defensive end from Oregon who made the 53-man roster after an exciting pre-season where he played tough and hustled.  He does not fill the Bears position of need, does not play well at the point of attack, and does not have explosion off the edge.  

With Whitney Mercilus, Chandler Jones still on the board the Bears passed on true base DE prospects in favor of the one-dimensional LB prospect.  A head scratch pick that raised eyebrows throughout the twitter world. He's not the type of athlete that will help Julius Peppers out.  

If this is a sign of what's to come for the Bears, it could be a very disappointing decade to come.  If Lovie Smith doesn't do well next year and the Bears go with a 3-4 defense after a Smith firing then this pick might make more sense.  He's more of a linebacker than he is a DE, hopefully he grows into a DE.  When the Chicago Bears fired Jerry Angelo everyone thought that things up and Halas Hall would change.  Change didn't come however with the hiring of a former Bears scout in Phil Emery taking over.  Emery was considered a draft guru, and instead Emery proved he's more of the same. The Bears drafted Shea McClellin who was a linebacker/defensive end at Boise State.  The McClellin pick might as well mean that Rod Marinelli is the GM of the Bears.  McClellin plays with a high motor and brings shovel to work, but he's not a 4-3 DE in the NFL.  He might be a 3-4 outside linebacker the position he took nearly every rep at while playing in the Senior Bowl. McClellin might as well be Nick Reed the defensive end from Oregon who made the 53-man roster after an exciting pre-season where he played tough and hustled.  He does not fill the Bears position of need, does not play well at the point of attack, and does not have explosion off the edge. With Whitney Mercilus, Chandler Jones still on the board the Bears passed on true base DE prospects in favor of the one-dimensional LB prospect.  A head scratch pick that raised eyebrows throughout the twitter world. He's not the type of athlete that will help Julius Peppers out. If this is a sign of what's to come for the Bears, it could be a very disappointing decade to come.
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