Boise State defensive end Shea McClellin poses for photographs after being selected 19th overall by the Chicago Bears in the first round of the NFL football draft at Radio City Music Hall, Thursday, April 26, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
With their 19th pick, the Chicago Bears on Thursday night selected Shea McClellin from Boise State in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft at New York's Radio City Music Hall.
During his career McClellin had 130 tackles, 20.5 sacks, four interceptions and a touchdown. He played defensive end in college, but his size and speed can put him either on the line or as a linebacker.
"One of the most underrated defensive ends in the collegiate ranks, McClellin is more than likely to shift to outside linebacker at the pro level, thanks to his superb athleticism, non-stop motor, lateral agility and closing speed," the Bears said in a statement released immediately after the announcement.
Trades Dominate First Round
With so much wheeling and dealing, maybe the NFL draft should move to Wall Street.
Minutes before Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III went 1-2 to the Colts and Redskins on Thursday night, the draft turned into a deal-a-thon. Through the first seven picks, only Indianapolis kept its original draft spot.
The Vikings swapped their No. 3 choice for the Browns' No. 4 pick, with Minnesota also getting fourth, fifth and seventh rounders. After the Browns went for running back Trent Richardson, and before Minnesota took tackle Matt Kalil, the Buccaneers and Jaguars swung a deal.
Jacksonville moved up to No. 5 from No. 7 and grabbed wide receiver Justin Blackmon. Tampa Bay, at No. 7, chose safety Mark Barron.
There was another swap when the Rams, who had the No. 6 pick after trading away the second pick to the Redskins last month, traded their choice for the Cowboys' No. 14 overall pick. Dallas selected cornerback Morris Claiborne.