Possible CM3 Sidekick Has Experience at OLB

In our sixth draft exclusive, we tell you about another defender who had a formal interview with Green Bay at the Scouting Combine. This hard worker and proven pass rusher tested well at the Combine.

In last year's draft, the Green Bay Packers were thrilled that Derek Sherrod fell to them in the first round, but by getting their presumed future left tackle, they missed out on Brooks Reed.

The Packers were extremely high on Reed as the bookend to Clay Matthews at outside linebacker. Reed was drafted in the second round by the Houston Texans (No. 42 overall), and upon jumping in at 3-4 outside linebacker in place of injured Mario Williams, he notched six sacks in the regular season and added 3.5 more in two playoff games.

The Packers might get another swing at a Reed-type player in this draft.

Green Bay had a formal interview with Boise State's Shea McClellin at the Scouting Combine, Packer Report has learned. As a senior, when McClellin (6-3, 260) played end in the Broncos' base 4-3 scheme but a 3-4-style outside linebacker in passing situations, he tallied seven sacks and 12.5 tackles for losses. As a junior, he recorded 9.5 sacks and 13.5 tackles for losses.

"An AFC South personnel man spoke at length about the similarities between their respective games and how McClellin could make an immediate impact as a situational pass rusher," NFL.com's Bucky Brooks wrote at the Senior Bowl. "He went on to suggest that he is one of the toughest players on either squad, and his superb intangibles will help him enjoy a long career as a starter."

McClellin played mostly defensive end at Boise State, so was lumped in with the 49 defensive linemen at the Scouting Combine. His 4.63-second clocking in the 40-yard dash was second-fastest among them, with his 10-yard time of 1.57 seconds being just one-hundredth of a second off the pace. Among the linebackers, his 40 would have ranked a respectable 10th.

Shea McClellin had 16.5 sacks during his final two seasons.
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McClellin has been working on linebacker techniques for the past couple of months, and played extensively as a linebacker under the Vikings' 4-3 scheme at the Senior Bowl. He impressed his position coach there, Hall of Famer Mike Singletary.

"Let me just say this, if (McClellin) wants to play D-line, he can play D-line," Singletary told NFLDraftScout.com's Rob Rang. "If he wants to play linebacker, he can play linebacker. He is the kind of guy that can fit either way.

"He's a guy that right now is about 255 pounds. He can pick up and go to 275 and go back to D-line or he can stay where he's at. He's got a lot of good stuff ahead of him because he's also a worker. You find a guy like him with his versatility and intangibles — he's also a smart kid — and he's going to be just fine at the next level."

The work ethic Singletary mentioned comes from McClellin's youth. He grew up on his maternal grandparents' farm in Marsing, Idaho. Before and after school, he helped raise goats, chickens, sheep, donkeys, geese and ducks.

"A lot of (my success stems from my farm life), actually," McClellin said at the Combine. "I learned so much on the farm about discipline, getting up early and working hard. I think a lot of that goes into football, working out in the weight room and on the field."

McClellin mentioned Matthews, Reed and Mike Vrabel — all players who have played outside linebacker in a 3-4 — as the players he likes in the NFL, citing Matthews and Reed for their pass-rushing prowess and Vrabel for his versatility.

"I think I have instincts to play linebacker but I just haven't been taught the techniques, per se," he said. "Once I get the technique thing down, I think I can do pretty good."

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