LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- On paper, Shea McClellin's numbers in his final year at Boise State come up short when compared to a few of the other first-round pass rushers, especially Whitney Mercilus, who went seven picks later to the Houston Texans at No. 26.
But McClellin, the Chicago Bears' first-round pick, has a logical explanation as to why he registered seven sacks and 12.5 tackles for a loss, as opposed to Mercilus who had 16 sacks and 22 TFLs in 2011 for Illinois.
"I guess I didn’t have the stats compared to the other guys, but if you look at my stats you know I averaged, what, 35 plays a game compared to other guys getting 60, 70," McClellin said on Friday. "And they’re rushing the passer every down, I was in coverage, I was doing all kinds of things, so it’s hard to compare and that kind of thing. I really think I can be effective, hand in the dirt, standing up, whatever the team wants me to play, needs me to play.”