Its important to have an attitude if youre going to play in the NFL, even more so perhaps if youre supposed to beat offensive tackles and take down quarterbacks.
Shea McClellin will have an attitude, starting with the chip on his shoulder.
His selection at No. 19 already has been questioned, whether because of his size (6-3, 260), the level of competition he faced at Boise State, his production (16.5 sacks over the past two seasons). Pro Football Weekly's Draft Preview rated him only as No. 12 -- among outside linebackers.
Fine with McClellin. It isnt the first time hes faced raised eyebrows.
To all the doubters, Im just going to have to prove myself, McClellin said Friday. Im used to that. I came from Boise State; we had to prove ourselves every week. Thats what Im going to have to do every day.
It definitely puts a chip on my shoulder. Im used to it.
Alex Brown never forgot that teams left him on the draft board until the fourth round. Adewale Ogunleye went undrafted and it fueled him.
McClellin isnt having any of it, particularly if the doubts are aimed at his alma mater.
I think a lot of the teams Boise State played were highly underrated, McClellin said. Even though we come from a small conference, theres good players on the teams.
Just look at us. We have eight or nine guys who could get drafted this year running back Doug Martin went No. 31 to Tampa Bay. We play against good competition.