Tonight was the first big test for Bears General Manager Phil Emery as the NFL Draft begun with the first round. And while we all knew the Bears were looking to the defensive line for their first pick, Bears fans were hoping for a bigger name. The Bears chose Boise State Defensive End Shea McClellin. The 6’3″ 260 pound pass rusher is the first Boise State player to be drafted in the first round since the New York Jets drafted Defensive Back Kyle Wilson back in the 2010 draft.

McClellin is also the first of two Boise State players to be drafted in the first round of this years draft. The other player was BSU Running Back Doug Martin who was selected by Tampa Bay. This also marks the first time in NFL Draft history that Boise State had two players picked in the first round. Now while McClellin may not be a household name, scouts and coaches have said quite a few good things about him.

And in reaction to being chosen in the first round, Shea McClellin wrote this on his Twitter page: “Truly blessed to have such great family, friends, teammates, coaches, fans, the list go on… I appreciate all the support!” There is also a highlight video of him circulating on youtube:

He hasn’t played a game yet but he’s already been compared to guys like Clay Matthews and Jared Allen. He ran a 4.63 at the combine, however he only pushed 19 reps in the 225 pound bench press. But the scouting report says his combination of speed and strength will help him shed blocks and his small stature {for a lineman} will give him leverage against bigger offensive linemen.

So hopefully Phil Emery and the Bears scouting department saw something that nobody else did. But I will say that when the Bears made this pick, Syracuse Defensive End Chandler Jones {The best D-Lineman in this years draft and younger brother to UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones.}, Illinois Defensive End Whitney Mercilus, and Clemson Defensive Tackle Brandon Thompson were still available.

But again, perhaps the Bears know what they’re doing. Of course you can’t blame Bears fans for being pessimistic about this years draft. The bad decisions made in previous drafts by Jerry Angelo are still fresh in Bears fans minds. However, there are still two more days of this draft left to go with the second round starting on Friday night.

The Bears will be picking at #18 in the second round and it is expected that they will either draft an offensive lineman or a wide receiver. And if that is the case here the available players that I think are the best choices for the Bears:

WR- Stephen Hill/Georgia Tech: People underestimate him because of the offense he played in while in college. I say he is this years draft sleeper.

OT- Johnathan Martin/Stanford: He had to protect Andrew Luck, enough said!

OG- Brandon Brooks/Miami-Ohio: He is a brutal force in the trenches, but didn’t always get enough attention because he played in the Mid-American Conference.

C- Peter Kontz/Wisconsin: He was the anchor of the offensive line that led the one of the most powerful offenses in the Big Ten last year.

So now we wait and see what the second round has in store for the Bears. There were also a handful of local college talents that were taken in the first round tonight. Notre Dame Wide Receiver Michael Floyd was taken 13th overall by the Arizona Cardinals. Floyd who led all Notre Dame receivers the last couple of seasons was on the Bears radar as well. Notre Dame Free Safety Harrison Smith was taken 29th overall by the Minnesota Vikings.

Illinois Fighting Illini Defensive End Whitney Mercilus was taken 26th overall by the Houston Texans, and Illini Wide Receiver A.J. Jenkins was taken 30th overall by the San Francisco 49ers. Other local players hoping to have their names called are as follows:


Defensive End Vince Browne

Tight End Drake Dunsmore

Wide Receiver Jeremy Ebert

Offensive Lineman Al Netter


Offensive Tackle Jeff Allen

Kicker Derek Dimke

Running Back Jason Ford

Safety Tavon Wilson

Northern Illinois:

Quarterback Chandler Harnish

Offensive Tackle Trevor Olson

Center Scott Wedige

Southern Illinois:

Running Back Jewel Hampton


Quarterback Alex Tanney

Notre Dame:

Cornerback Robert Blanton

Offensive Tackle Taylor Dever

Outside Linebacker Darius Fleming

Cornerback Gary Grey

Running Back Jonas Grey

Kicker David Ruffer

We here at Q101 wish all of these players the best in their careers. Now for a few side notes which I always like to sneak into the mix. First and foremost we here at Q101 are still holding our pledge drive so we can bring Chicago our annual Jamboree concert. We only have 8 days left to reach our goal so we can bring the show to you this year.

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If you want to watch the live online video stream log onto: kickoff is at 2:30 this Saturday afternoon. Friday night the Wolves hope to advance to the next round when they take on the San Antonio Rampage in game 5 of their first round AHL series. After being down 2-0 last week, the Wolves crawled back this week to force game 5.

If you want to help cheer the Wolves on, go to their website for ticket information. And finally this Saturday night I will be at Toyota Park covering the Chicago Fire as they host the Seattle Sounders. If you see me walking around the stadium, don’t be afraid to say hello. And of course I will be writing and posting pictures and videos from the game so follow me online and keep your browser logged onto Q101.

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