McClellin selection makes roster, draft-board statements

McClellin selection makes roster, draft-board statements
April 29, 2012, 4:45 pm
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The results of the first three rounds project to have significant impact on the future of the Bears. Defensive end Shea McClellin and wide receiver Alshon Jeffery are expected to be starters before opening day.But the picks point to several important conclusions about the thinking of the organization, the talent available in this draft as well as what is thought about sections of the current roster.Selecting a pass rusher has been expected since the end of the 2011 season. Corey Wootton was a fourth-round pick in the 2010 draft but has been besieged by injuries and simply hasnt developed enough to satisfy the organization.The pass rusher the Bears chose is revealing as to how the Bears draft board is set up.When the first pick came at No. 19, and wanting a pass rusher, the Bears had their pick from McClellin, Chandler Jones from Syracuse (No. 21 to New England), Whitney Mercilus from Illinois (26th to Houston) or Nick Perry from USC (28th to Green Bay). Alabamas Courtney Upshaw lasted until the third pick of the second round, going to Baltimore.General managerPhil Emery said last week that the Bears had a core of seven possibles for the 19th pick. Not all of them were pass rushers, but only Quinton Coples and Bruce Irvin were gone when the Bears picked. They did not settle for McClellin