Originally posted on Midway Illustrated  |  Last updated 7/31/12

If there's a sense that Shea McClellin is getting piled on by me writing this blog, then throw another log on the fire.

I don't want to sound overly dramatic because there is plenty of that going around as well.

There's no reason to panic because we're only four practices into camp and there's a long long ways to go.

The best way to evaluate this is to say a lot of what we've seen from Shea McClellin is maybe how you'd evaluate him at the NFL combine or at his Pro Day, seeing him in person.

What I see right now is of major concern to me for the upcoming season.  Simply put McClellin's impact in 2012 will likely be minimal at best.  I don't envision him as the primary guy in the rotation and certainly don't see him starting ahead of Israel Idonije.

Right now McClellin is WAY OVER HIS HEAD as a base 4-3 end in the Bears defense.  His talent right now is limited to his speed and his effort, something that's not going to get you very far in the NFL.

He has one move and it's straight up the field and even that move isn't very explosive.

When you watch McClellin competing and compare him to the other DEs on the field he's essentially running as the sixth best DE on the field.

In a small semblance of what the depth chart looks like right now it would be Corey Wootton as the third DE, Chauncey Davis as the fourth DE, Thadeus Gibson as the fifth DE, and McClellin bringing up the rear.

Gibson has the speed and explosion off the edge that McClellin does not, Wootton has a size, speed and strength combination that McClellin does not and Davis can set the edge against the run like McClellin cannot yet do.

While camp is important for McClellin, the ultimate judge to  his season will be how well he plays during the preseason games.  McClellin is likely going to play a lot in all four games and he'll have many opportunities to prove himself.

What his role for the 2012 season will likely be determined by how well he plays in these four games.

For McClellin training camp will be all about learning and he's going to have to learn a lot in order to be successful this season.

The Bears need a defensive end to step up and be that pass rusher to compliment Julius Peppers.  My guess is that like most rookies, McClellin won't be contributing at the level expected of him this season.

The contribution needed will come from Corey Wootton, especially since he's showing no ill effects from his past injuries.

McClellin's value likely comes in the future once he's coached up and learns the nuances of playing defensive end in the NFL.  He'll need to develop solid technique and add some strength to go with the speed he does have.

If McClellin develops his strength and power then he'll be able to get more out of his speed, but developing strengthing and refining technique is going to take time.   Time that the Bears may not have during the 2012 season with this team wanting to challenge for a Super Bowl title. 

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Eddie Lacy defends Mike McCarthy for weight loss comments

Red Sox nearly had serious catcher emergency in loss to Tigers

Ohio State DL Dylan Thompson ineligible for season

Roger Federer will miss Olympics, U.S. Open with knee injury

Seahawks extend Pete Carroll through 2019

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

LSU kicker Colby Delahoussaye releases first statement following car crash

Report: Brock Osweiler could have made more money staying with Broncos

Andrew Luck: Feels `as good as I've ever felt` for training camp

Amar'e Stoudemire announces retirement after signing one-day contract with Knicks

Report: Gregory failed multiple drug tests since suspension

Olympian Abby Johnston: Worst thing about Olympic village is no Pokemon

WATCH: Inside the Nike SNKRS BOX in SF for Golden Air Celebration

Report: Paul Pierce to return to Clippers

Jimbo Fisher: You come to FSU to win national championships

Andre Johnson worked out for Tennessee Titans

Shattenkirk for Krejci trade rumor still floating around

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman denies link to C.T.E.

Michael Vick: Cam Newton can’t beat me in 40-yard dash

WATCH: Five other uniforms Chris Sale should cut up

Odell Beckham Jr. says Giants will play in Super Bowl LI

Iowa researchers say they can optimize Monday Night Football ratings with scheduling

Terrelle Pryor can visit Ohio State as five-year ban comes to a close

Rudy Gay admits to having ‘no idea’ about what the Kings are doing

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

WATCH: Inside the Nike SNKRS BOX in SF for Golden Air Celebration

WATCH: Five other uniforms Chris Sale should cut up

QUIZ: Name every Olympic event in which the USA has never won a gold medal

Five U.S. Olympians favored to win multiple gold medals

WATCH: What teams should join the Big 12?

One Gotta Go: Do NBA players really love NBA2K?

One Gotta Go: NBA players hate Facebook too

One Gotta Go: NBA players settle the fast food beef

One Gotta Go: NBA players make tough choices on their favorite rappers

One Gotta Go: NBA Summer League is not about that Game of Thrones life

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker