Urlacher: McClellin built for linebacker position

Urlacher: McClellin built for linebacker position
October 23, 2013, 7:45 pm
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By Paul Roumeliotis

As a former linebacker himself, Brian Urlacher might know a Bears player who would fit at the linebacker position.

Urlacher spoke Monday on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" and believes that defensive end Shea McClellin should be moved back to a two-point stance on the outside.

“He’s definitely a good athlete," Urlacher said. "He gets off the football. He can run. He can hit, and all that good stuff. But I see him maybe as a Sam linebacker, a 3-4 outside guy the more I watch him play. The more you watch him play, he’s built for the outside linebacker position, I think.”

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With Lance Briggs out four to six weeks, maybe now was the time for Urlacher to share his thoughts on the former first-round pick in 2012.

“I think he’s athletic enough to [move to the middle], no doubt," Urlacher said. "The kid, if you look at all of his testing at the combine, all that good stuff the scouts like to look at, he’s got all the measureable [attributes]. But I don’t know if he could make that move.

"I think it would be hard to take your hand off the ground and be in a linebacker stance in the middle or inside. I haven’t seen too many guys do that. Athletically, there’s no doubt in my mind he could do it. I just don’t know that that would be the best move for him.”

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