Draft Profile – OLB/DE Shea McClellin



Shea McClellin

Born – August 1, 1989, in Caldwell, Idaho.

Family – Birth parents are Laura McClellin and Jon Youngblood, but at the age of 18 months he was adopted by his maternal grandparents Terry and Jerry McClellin, who have been married for 45 years. He was the fifth child that they raised. Shea calls Terry “Mom” and Jerry “Dad.” He has a relationship with his birth mother, but none with his birth father. One of the McClellin’s granddaughters calls Shea her “cuncle”, a combined cousin and uncle.


  • Height – 6-feet, 3 3/8 inches.
  • Weight – 260 pounds.
  • Arm – 32 ¾ inches.
  • Hand – 10 1/8 inches.
  • Wing span – 77 1/8 inches.

NFL Scouting Combine

  • 40-yard dash – 4.66 seconds.
  • Bench press – 19 reps at 225 pounds.
  • Vertical jump – 31½ inches.
  • Broad jump – 9-feet, 10 inches.
  • 3-cone drill – 7.07 seconds.
  • 20-yard shuttle – 4.34 seconds.


There is a dispute in Idaho as to McClellin’s hometown. He grew up on Chicken Dinner Road which technically is within the city limits of Caldwell. However, he gravitated to the much closer and smaller town of Marsing, right on the Snake River and that’s where he went to high school. The towns are in the southwest corner of Idaho, around the north and west sides of Lake Lowell, about 25 miles west of Boise. They are hard against the border between Idaho and Oregon. The area is known as Treasure Valley and it’s considered the heart of the Idaho Wine Country. The area is relatively flat but the peeks of the Owyhee, Weiser and Boise mountain ranges surround the valley. Caldwell has a population of just fewer than 50,000 and has experienced residential growth every year for decades. Marsing’s most recent census showed just over 1,000 residents. The No. 1 business is agriculture and allied businesses. It’s the home of J.R. Simplot Company, one of the world’s largest processors of frozen foods. Shea McClellin worked on a farm where with his family he raised goats, chickens, sheep, donkeys, wild geese and ducks. They also nursed injured animals like foxes and baby skunks.

High School

McClellin was part of the graduating class of 2007 at Marsing High School, part of the Marsing Joint School District. There are approximately 250 students in grades nine through 12.

He was a three-sport letterman in football, basketball and baseball.


2006 – Named the 2A Western Idaho Conference offensive (running back) and defensive (inside linebacker) of the year. He scored seven defensive touchdowns on the season. He ran for nearly 1,900 yards, scoring 22 touchdowns. He had another 126 tackles to go with the defensive TDs. Marsing finished 6-4.

2005 – While the Huskies struggled to a 1-9 record, McClellin ran for 998 yards and 17 carries, while leading the defense in tackles.


2006-07 – McClellin averaged 19 points and 11 rebounds in leading the Huskies to the 2A state tournament.


2006 – In his junior season, he had a .453 batting average with 21 RBI and 10 stolen bases.


There was interest from Oregon, Washington State, Idaho and Idaho State, along with a host of smaller schools in the northwest. But Boise State was the choice almost from the start for McClellin who committed to the program February 2007. McClellin then grey-shirted; he enrolled only as a part-time student in the fall of 2007. He enrolled full-time in the spring semester 2008, with four seasons of eligibility remaining to be played out in five years.


McClellin played four seasons for head coach Chris Peterson

2011 – First team All-Mountain West Conference defense, with 46 total tackles on the season. Possibly his best game of the season was the opener against Georgia, when he had 2.5 sacks, with 7 total tackles against the Bulldogs.

2010 – First-team All-Western Athletic Conference fell to McClellin for his performance in 13 games, including starting all 13 games and moving his streak of consecutive starts to 24. He had a team high 9.5 sacks. He scored a touchdown on a 36-yard interception return against Toledo and he recovered a fumble in the end zone against Wyoming for a TD.

2009 – McClellin played in all 13 games with starts in the last 11 games. He had at least one tackle in 12 of the 13 games and had his best effort against Idaho and Bowling Green when he had six tackles in each game.

2008 – He played in 10 games before he suffered a knee injury against Idaho that finished his season. He had a season high five tackle one forced fumble against New Mexico State

Year G/S










2011 13/13










2010 13/13










2009 13/11










2008 10/0










Total 49/37










*- (2011) Las Vegas Bowl; (2010) Las Vegas Bowl; (2009) Fiesta Bowl; (2008) Poinsettia Bowl.


Series of McClellin videos set to music – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RFVe8dxfok

(McClellin wears No. 92)

Boise vs. Va Tech 2010 highlights – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgtKtJkbVYk&feature=related


Strengths – Plays with great intensity, instincts and intelligence, and possesses a great work ethic. He’s a solid athlete across the board, although not outstanding in any particular area like speed, strength or quickness. He’s got a motor that doesn’t stop and is not afraid of contact. He’s smart enough that he has been moved around throughout his career, from outside linebacker, to inside linebacker, to defensive end, to a hybrid Nickel position that was a cross between safety and linebacker. He had 20-plus sacks over his career and has used numerous methods and moves to get to the passer.

Deficient – He lacks ideal size for DE or OLB and doesn’t appear to have the frame to be able to add more weight or bulk. His slimmer build does not give him much in the weight of ballast in his butt and thighs, so he can be overpowered by bigger players. He does not have a quick burst out of his stance or on the snap. McClellin is not a quick twitch player. He tries to make up for that with his aggressiveness, which can sometimes gets him out of position and into trouble.

Analysis – He does not appear to have the physical tools that say he’s perfect for any one position, but he’s talented enough that there will be a place for him in the NFL. His versatility however, seems to make him not so much a jack of all trades, but a master of none. Great intangibles make him attractive as a choice.

What the scouts had to say

An NFC scout said – “Not sure where he fits. He’s played just about every spot on the defense save corner and nose and he seems adaptable to all of them. But that doesn’t give us any idea where he’s best suited. Great intangibles with this kid will have teams taking a close look at him and finding a spot where he fits.”

What Shea McClellin had to say

“It’s a lot different when I’m on the field. I get into it because I just love doing it. I wouldn’t say I’m talkative, but I talk more out on the field. It’s just where I feel right. You get to meet all sorts of guys, they’re just like you, so you kind of just open up more.”

What others said about Shea McClellin

“If he wants to play D-line, he can play D-Line. If he wants to play linebacker, he can play linebacker. He is the kind of guy that can fit either way. You find a guy like him with his versatility and intangibles, plus he’s a smart kid, and he’s going to be just fine at the next level.” Hall of Fame LB and Vikings LBs coach Mike Singletary.

“He doesn’t every surprise me whatever happens out there. You almost just expect something good going to happen when he’s out there. He always has a good game. He doesn’t have a bad game.” Boise State head coach Chris Peterson.

“He might be an NFL linebacker; he has that kind of athleticism. He’s just a really good player that’s a special athlete that totally flies under the radar.” More Peterson.

“He commands attention. He doesn’t have to be in a guy’s face. He just gets it done, and that’s how it is. His ability to run, change direction and drop into coverage gives us a dimension that not a lot of teams have. Offenses have to wonder on any given play if he’s a defensive end or a linebacker, if he’s going to rush or if he’s going to cover.” Boise State defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski.

Does Shea McClellin fit with the Chiefs?

You bet he does. His intangibles are right from the Chiefs manual. Plus, his versatility is huge. He could come in and fit in at defensive end, inside linebacker, even outside linebacker, although that would have to be in a limited role. With 49 games of experience at Boise State, there’s plenty of tape for the Chiefs to figure out how he could fit with them.

One Response to “Draft Profile – OLB/DE Shea McClellin”

  • March 24, 2012  - vincent belt says:

    To get Shae McClellan, I believe the Patriots are targeting McClellan as well and he will be gone by the time the Chiefs pick in Rd 3. If they want him, they may have to pick him in rd. 2. He has a lot of Vrabel/Bruschi in him; high character, scheme versitle-he even played some TE.

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