What did Phil Emery see in Shea McClellin to use the 19th pick on him, and Alshon Jeffrey so that Emery traded up to get him? Match-up nightmares for the other team. Take a step inside his brain, and you'll see glorious, glorious match-ups causing Mike McCarthy and Jim Schwartz to lose sleep.
McClellin's speed, in tandem with Julius Peppers' strength, will cause fits for quarterbacks. Peppers is often double-teamed, which gives someone as fast as McClellin just enough time to get to the quarterback.
His pass-rushability (I may have just made up that word) is exactly what Emery is banking on.
“He’s a guy that knows how to get to the quarterback, can finish a rush,” Emery said. “We felt in terms of his ability to get from blocker to his target, he was the best in the draft at his position. So he’s a very dynamic player that way. He’s a baller. That would be a good term. He’s just a straight baller.”
Jeffrey can cause the same problems on offense. His height, coupled with Brandon Marshall's height, can leave holes in opponents' defense. Secondaries will have a hard time covering two wideouts with such speed and long arms, plus defend slot receivers like Earl Bennett.
“He had the best hands in the draft and the best adjustment to the football,” Emery said. “He’s very dynamic in his ability to adjust, leverage against an individual, play basketball on the football field, come up with the ball and make a play. He’s tough after the catch. He’s a lot faster than people think.”