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)
Chicago's newest Bear spoke with the media shortly after being drafted by the team in the First Round of the 2012 NFL Draft:
On the initial reaction of getting the news from the Bears:
"Oh man, I was definitely excited and happy just to be a part of a great organization, I really can’t wait."
On having a sense if they were really after him:
“You know I had a little, it wasn’t too much. I thought I might have a chance to go to Chicago. I just ended up there, my private workout went great, I thought I did good and I thought the D-line coach liked me, Coach (Mike) Phair, and we did some board work. I thought I did good in that and I thought they liked me. I thought I might end up having a shot and they ended up picking me so it’s great.”
On joining a defense with perennial Pro Bowlers:
“Yeah it’s awesome, it’s unbelievable. Just to play alongside guys like Julius Peppers and Brian Urlacher it’s really going to be great and I can’t wait to get out there.
On how far figuratively and literally he's coming to Chicago and the journey:
“Yeah, I mean this whole journey has been great, I came from a small town but I really consider myself a big city guy and I love big cities like Chicago and New York anything like that. I love the big cities; I don’t think it’s much of a hard transition really. I think it will be great for me and my family and I’ll enjoy it for sure.”
On comparing chasing animals on a farm to chasing an NFL Quarterback:
“Well you have to have agility to chase chickens, so it’s kind of similar I guess. Nah, not really it’s different definitely but you know it’s cool.”
On being more comfortable in the 3 point stance or standing up like a linebacker:
“Yeah, I honestly don’t have a preference. I think I can be a threat from both, and whatever the Bears want me to play. If they want me in a three-point [stance] to get after the quarterback or two-point, you know I’m happy with either.”
On what appealed most about the Bears:
“Oh yeah, definitely, I knew if I went to Chicago I’d be getting after the quarterback rushing the passer a lot. I think it’s going to be a great opportunity for me to play there.”
On being an all downs type of guy, did that help moving up to 19?
"Yeah I think so, my versatility definitely helped me out, being able to play multiple positions and play them well."
On making an impact as a rookie:
"Yeah I think I can, and I think that’s why they picked me up. I think they believe in me and I think I will be able to get after the quarterback and you know coverage or whatever it may be and I think I’ll be able to you know make an impact."