Apr 26, 2012; New York, NY, USA; Shea McClellin (Boise State) is introduced as the number nineteen overall pick to the Chicago Bears in the 2012 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-US PRESSWIRE

NFL Draft 2012: Chicago Bears Sign Entire Draft Class

The Chicago Bears have agreed to terms with every member of their 2012 draft class.

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2012 NFL Draft: Bears Sign Safety Brandon Hardin, Finish Signing Draft Picks

There will be no rookies holding out of the Chicago Bears training camp in 2012. According to CBS Chicago, the last yet-signed Bears draft pick -- S Brandon Hardin -- has become now-signed.

Despite being the last Bears draft pick to sign, Hardin is likely the most eager to get on the field. The third-round pick missed the entirety of his senior year with the Oregon St. Beavers after suffering a critical shoulder injury. In his shortened college career, Hardin collected 8 pass deflections, 1 interception and 105 tackles.


Related: An Open Letter To J'Marcus Webb

Most NFL teams take several weeks -- if not several months -- to sign their entire draft class, but the Bears organization has long been one of the fastest organizations to get its rookies under contract.

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Bears Free Agency 2012: 3 Players Waived To Clear Space For 7 New Rookies

The Chicago Bears were been busy over the weekend making decisions on players after tryouts at rookie minicamp, and in the wake of the seven rookie signing on Sunday, the Bears waived offensive tackle Levi Horn, offensive guard Reggie Stephens and tight end Andre Smith on Monday.

As noted above, the big news of the weekend is that the Bears agreed to terms with seven players on three-year contracts on Sunday. Here's a list of the new Bears rookies:

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2012 NFL Draft: DE Shea McClellin Agrees To 4-Year Contract With Chicago Bears

According to Larry Mayer of ChicagoBears.com, the Chicago Bears have agreed to terms with their top draft pick, DE Shea McClellin:

McClellin played four seasons with the Boise St. Broncos and entered the 2012 NFL Draft as one of the league's top-rated outside linebackers. The Bears chose to keep McClellin at his original position, defensive end, where he accumulated 20.5 sacks and 33 tackles for loss, despite starting only three seasons.

With a 5% sack rate, the Chicago Bears were tied for fourth-worst pass-rushing defense in the league in 2011.

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2012 NFL Draft: Chicago Bears, CB Isaiah Frey Agree To Four-Year Contract

The Chicago Bears and the team's 2012 sixth-round draft pick, cornerback Isaiah Frey, have agreed to a four-year contract, as the team announced on Wednesday. Frey is expected to give the team some additional depth at a position that wasn't a strength for Chicago last season.

A first-team all-WAC selection from Nevada in 2012, Frey led the team with five interceptions in his senior season with the Wolfpack. Over his four-year career with Nevada, he had 141 tackles, 38 passes defended, seven interceptions and two forced fumbles.

Frey will likely compete with the likes of Kelvin Hayden, Jonathan Wilhite and fellow draft pick Greg McCoy for playing time behind starters Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings.

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2012 NFL Draft: TE Evan Rodriguez Agrees To 4-Year Contract With Chicago Bears

On Tuesday afternoon, the Chicago Bears announced that they have agreed to a four-year deal with tight end Evan Rodriguez, who was the Bears' fourth round draft pick in 2012. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Related: NFL Draft 2012: Bears, CB Greg McCoy Agree To 4-Year Deal

As a senior in 2011, Rodriguez led the Temple Owls in both receptions (35) and receiving yards (479) and scored a pair of TDs. As a junior he caught 21 passes for 247 yards and two touchdowns.

With the Rodriguez deal done, the Bears have three draft picks left to sign.

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NFL Draft 2012: Bears, CB Greg McCoy Agree To 4-Year Deal

According to the Chicago Bears beat writer, Larry Mayer, the team has come to terms with their 7th Round pic, CB Greg McCoy:

McCoy played five season with the TCU Horned Frogs as both a defensive back and a kick returner. With only three seasons as a starter, McCoy managed to collect 7 interceptions and 23 fumbles. As a kick returner, he averaged 32.0 yards per return with 3 TD.

The Bears' most recent 7th round draft pick, T J'Marcus Webb in the 2010 NFL Draft, has now earned a starting left tackle role.

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VIDEO: CSN-Chicago Recaps Chicago Bears' 2012 NFL Draft

With the Chicago Bears' 2012 NFL Draft in the books, CSN-Chicago spoke with former NFL defensive back Matt Bowen to get his opinion on how the franchise did. Bowen discusses some of the different options the Bears had in the first round and offers his thoughts on Shea McClellin, whom he considers a "safe, sound pick."

Related: Get it on record; Who do you think the Bears should have drafted in the 2nd?

Bowen considers Alshon Jeffery a risk, noting as many have that his weight is going to be a concern going forward. He also has some concerns about Chicago's third round selection -- safety Brandon Hardin -- who had some injury issues in college.

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NFL Draft 2012: Bears, Alshon Jeffery Agree To Deal

The Chicago Bears have officially added another piece to their upgraded receiving corps. The team announced early Wednesday that they have agreed to a four-year contract with second-round pick Alshon Jeffery, a deal that is believed to be the first agreement between a 2012 draftee and his team, although the terms are still unknown.

Jeffery flashed first round talent while playing for the South Carolina Gamecocks, but slipped to the second amidst concerns about his ability to separate from NFL defenders. But neither his size nor production in college can be quibbled with: the 6' 4", 229 pound Jeffery caught 183 passes for 3,042 yards and 23 touchdowns in three years under Steve Spurrier.

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NFL Power Rankings: Bears In Middle Of Pack Of Post-Draft Rankings

The Chicago Bears looked like a possible Super Bowl contender last season before injuries to Jay Cutler and Matt Forte derailed the team, and as they gear up for a playoff run in 2012, they remain a bit of a mystery to a lot of observers. Will both Cutler and Forte be healthy and effective? How will Brandon Marshall be integrated into the offense? Did the Bears address enough weaknesses in the offseason?

In his post-draft NFL power rankings, SB Nation's Joel Thorman ranks the Bears at No. 18, mostly because he's "not really sure of what to make" of the Bears heading into the 2012 season. The Bears are sandwiched by the New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs, two other teams like the Bears that could skyrocket up the rankings this season or could crash and burn.

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NFL Draft: Chicago Bears Assigned $4.1 Million Rookie Pool

The Chicago Bears added talent to both sides of the ball this weekend during the 2012 NFL Draft. Now it's time for new GM Phil Emery to get his first ever draft class under contract. According to a report, the Bears will have over just $4 million to sign their new rookie class.

Chicago's first two picks will be under the most pressure to produce immediately. The selection of Shea McClellin in the first round was questioned by some due the Boise State product's lack of ideal size to play defensive end, but he's certainly athletic and was a productive pass rusher in college. Second round selection Alshon Jeffrey will be asked to give quarterback Jay Cutler another big red zone target.

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2012 NFL Draft Grades: Todd McShay Lauds Hardin, Jeffery Picks

Todd McShay of ESPN and Scout.com recently analyzed the impact players and intriguing picks for each of the 32 NFL teams, and named DB Brandon Hardin and WR Alshon Jeffery as the Chicago Bears draft picks that stick out to him the most. According to McShaw, Hardin has a chance to help control some of the NFC North's toughest pass-catchers:

Impact pick: DB Brandon Hardin (third) -- He missed the entire 2011 season with a broken shoulder, but Hardin's 2010 tape shows he can be a sub-package defender who can match up with bigger wideouts... [and since Chicago faces] Lions WR Calvin Johnson and Packers TE Jermichael Finley twice a year, it's not a bad idea to have a defensive back who can come over and fight for jump balls.

Meanwhile, the nearly 6'3" Jeffery intrigues McShay. Jeffery presents raw talent and size, but also potential weight problems, according to McShay:

Intriguing pick: WR Alshon Jeffery (second) -- Jeffery lacks suddenness and will never be a great route-runner, but if he can commit to staying in shape, his elite downfield ball skills and ability to make plays in the red zone will be tremendous assets.

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2013 NFL Mock Draft: Calls For Bears To Upgrade Offensive Line Continue

With the 2012 NFL Draft officially behind us, it's time to look ahead. It's time to look way ahead, to the 2013 NFL Draft, where there's a good chance that once again the Chicago Bears will be asked by fans and critics alike if they're finally going to address their offensive line. The Bears stood pat in the 2012 Draft as far as protection for Jay Cutler goes, instead choosing to pick three cornerbacks, a defensive end, a wide receiver and a tight end.

New general manager Phil Emery may have grand plans for an offensive line that is currently makeshift, but taking a franchise tackle will likely be high on their to-do list come next offseason. With that in mind, SB Nation's Ryan Van Bibber, has the Bears taking Texas A&M Aggies tackle Jake Matthews in his 2013 mock draft. Matthews has been a standout for the Aggies since he was a true freshman, and he'd likely fit exactly what Chicago may need.

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2012 NFL Draft Grades: Rotoworld Likes Bears Draft, Gives Chicago "B+"

Phil Emery's first draft haul as general manager of the Chicago Bears has received middling reviews from most draft critics, but Evan Silva of Rotoworld is a bit more rosy about the quality of Chicago's 2012 draft class. In his 2012 draft grades assessment, Silva gives the Bears a "B+," noting that it may be Emery's "first win."

Silva particularly liked the Bears first two picks, citing the potential of first round pick Shea McClellin's disruptiveness as a pass rusher and saying that the addition of wide receiver makes Chicago's receiving core "among the most potent in football." As far as lower round picks go, most draft watchers praised the pick of Oregon State cornerback Brandon Hardin, but Silva particularly liked the pick of Temple tight end Evan Rodriguez at No. 111 overall, who Silva favorably compares to Aaron Hernandez.

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2012 NFL Draft Grades: Chicago Bears Get A 'C' From CBS Sports' Pete Prisco

CBS Sports' Pete Prisco doesn't mind the Chicago Bears' first round selection of Shea McClellin, but he doesn't care for the Alshon Jeffery pick and doesn't think Chicago's draft was very deep.

Analysis: They took Shea McClellin in the first round and he will play left end, although a lot of scouts saw him as a 3-4 outside rusher. I think he'll be fine as an end. I didn't like the Jeffrey pick and they didn't get a lot the rest of the way. I do like Hardin.

Grade: C

Related: 2012 NFL Draft: Bears Sign A Number Of Undrafted Free Agents

Prisco calls Hardin -- a safety from Oregon State that Chicago picked up in the third round -- the best pick the Bears made.

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2012 NFL Draft Grades: Chicago Bears Get A 'C' From Sports Illustrated

Now that the 2012 NFL Draft has been completed, analysts are beginning to break down and assess each team's haul. Sports Illustrated's Chris Burke ranked the drafts and gave the Chicago Bears a C.

Chicago Bears: Can Shea McClellin develop into the pass-rusher Chicago needs? Will Alshon Jefferey stay in shape? Is Brandon Hardin healthy? The Bears took some risks early and nabbed a couple of borderline prospects late. Grade: C

Related: Chicago Bears 2012 Draft Results

The Bears surprised a lot of people with the McClellin pick, and as Burke notes, there are question marks elsewhere. But Lovie Smith is pleased with what the team did over the weekend, and of course, it's going to take a few years before the 2012 draft class can be graded accurately.

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2012 NFL Draft: Bears Sign A Number Of Undrafted Free Agents

The NFL Draft is far from over when the final selection of the seventh round is made. Immediately following that begins a frenzy that seems teams across the league battling to sign undrafted free agents, some of which are coveted as much as some draft picks.

Undrafted free agents have little shot of making an NFL team outright, but plenty have worked their way up from practice squads, even in their rookie year. On Sunday, the Bears announced the inking of six undrafted free agents, all from small schools. Here they are:

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2012 NFL Draft: A Trio Of Illini Players Sign With NFL Teams

According to Shannon Ryan of the Chicago Tribune, three members of the Illinois Fighting Illini have signed as undrafted free agents -- or college free agents -- following the 2012 NFL Draft:

  • OG Jack Cornell -- Signing with the Baltimore Ravens, team captain Jack Cornell will look to translate his two years as a starter at Illinois into a roster spot with the Ravens.
  • RB Jason Ford -- Signing with the Houston Texans, Ford brings 1962 career rushing yards and 26 touchdowns to Houston. He average 4.5 yards per carry in his career with the Illini, but only 3.9 yards per carry in his senior season.
  • K Derek Dimke -- Signing with the Detroit Lions, Dimke will likely compete against the incumbent K Jason Hanson. Dimke landed 39 of 46 field goal attempts with the Illini for a 84.8% field goal percentage.

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VIDEO: Lovie Smith Discusses The Bears' 2012 NFL Draft Picks

The Chicago Bears added six new rookies during the 2012 NFL Draft -- DE Shea McClellin, WR Alshon Jeffery, S Brandon Hardin, TE/FB Evan Rodriguez, CB Isaiah Frey and CB Greg McCoy -- and the Bears' head coach, Lovie Smith, took some time to break down each pick on Saturday night:

The team's top pick may have been the leading prospect at outside linebacker, but according to Smith, he will not see any time at that position:

He's not a linebacker. Let's start with that. He won't be a linebacker. He'll have his hand down in a three-point stance from day one, in the defensive line room. And we can't wait to get started with him.

The team's second-round pick, WR Alshon Jeffery, offers a little bit of everything in Smith's analysis:

Did a lot of research on Alshon also. Just great size, great ability, great hands. [Wide receivers coach] Darryl Drake thought he had the best hands in the draft.

The Bears begin the 2012 NFL Season on Sunday, September 9, against the Indianapolis Colts.

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Chicago Bears Draft Results: Bears Get Defensive

The Chicago Bears looked at the 2012 NFL Draft as an opportunity to improve a team that was quite good before a plethora of injuries knocked them out of postseason contention. After adding both Michael Bush and Brandon Marshall during the offseason, the Bears turned their focus to improving the defense, as four of their six picks will play on that side of the football.

Round 1: Shea McClellin

Round 2: Alshon Jeffery

Round 3: Brandon Hardin

Round 4: Evan Rodriguez

Round 6: Isaiah Frey

Round 7: Greg McCoy

Jeffery is a very intriguing talent at the WR position and could form an impressive partnership with Marshall and Johnny Knox. With Bush and Matt Forte potentially forming a talented duo in the backfield, the Bears shouldn't lack for weapons around Jay Cutler. If McClellin can provide another pass-rushing threat off the edge, the Chicago defense should be really tough to contain as well.

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2012 NFL Draft: Ebert And Dunsmore Selected In 7th Round

Two of the top offensive threats from the Northwestern Wildcats will get a chance to play at the next level, as Drake Dunsmore and Jeremy Ebert were selected just two picks apart in the 7th round of the NFL draft. Dunsmore was selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with the 233rd pick, while Ebert was selected by the New England Patriots with the 235th pick.

Dunsmore was a primary offensive option at Northwestern during his final three season, recording over 40 catches in each season. He had his most complete season as a senior, making 45 catches for 522 yards and a career-high six TD's.

After a solid junior season, Ebert exploded during his senior year. Ebert led the team in every key statistical receiving catergory, as he recorded 75 catches for 1,060 yards and 11 TD's. Ebert doesn't possess elite speed or size, but has great hands.

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2012 NFL Draft Results: Chicago Bears Take TCU CB Greg McCoy In 7th Round

The Chicago Bears selected TCU cornerback Greg McCoy in the seventh round of the 2012 NFL Draft to complete the team's first draft under new GM Phil Emery. Emery did not select an offensive lineman, which is sure to raise a few eyebrows. McCoy was taken with pick No. 220 overall.

Related: 2012 NFL Draft Results: Bears Add Isaiah Frey

McCoy is thought to make an impact at the next level mostly on special teams. He had two return touchdowns in 2011 and was named Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Year. He was also a two-year starter at corner who is said to have grab top-end speed but has trouble handling bigger, more physical receivers.

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2012 NFL Draft Results: Bears Add Isaiah Frey

With teams like the New Orleans Saints, Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers lighting up the scoreboard through the air, depth in the secondary has become vital for any team in the NFC. With that in mind, the Chicago Bears selected former Nevada CB Isaiah Frey with the 184th pick of the draft.

Frey was a steady presence in the secondary at Nevada, starting nearly every game since his freshman season. Frey earned second team All-WAC honors twice in his career. He impressed scouts at his pro day, where he ran a 4.45 40-yard dash.

Frey is the second defensive back selected by the Bears in the 2012 NFL draft. In the third round, the Bears selected Brandon Hardin from Oregon St. Chicago also addressed the defensive line in the first round with the selection of Shea McClellin.

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2012 NFL Draft: Darius Fleming Selected By 49ers

Notre Dame saw another player selected in the 5th round of the NFL draft, as Chicago native Darius Fleming was selected by the San Francisco 49ers with the 165th pick. Fleming joins a San Francisco team that possesses one of the best defenses in the NFL and came up just short of earning a spot in the Super Bowl.

Fleming is a talented athlete that showed the ability to rush the passer during his time at Notre Dame. With a strong combination of athleticism and speed, Fleming really thrived as a linebacker in the 3-4 system.

After selecting offensive players with their first three picks, the 49ers looked at Fleming as an opportunity to improve their depth at the linebacker position. While it will be tough for Fleming to break the starting lineup early in his career, he certainly will be able to contribute on Special Teams.

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Chicago Bears Draft Picks 2012: GM Phil Emery Talks About WR Alshon Jeffrey

New Chicago Bears GM Phil Emery has made it a point to overhaul the team's wide receivers. After trading for Brandon Marshall of the Miami Dolphins to start the offseason, Emery traded up in the second round on Friday to grab South Carolina receiver Alshon Jeffrey. On the Bears' official website, Emery talked about Jay Cutler's newest weapon:

It's easy to see why Emery and the Bears liked Jeffrey. He is said to have great hands, should be a major threat in the red zone due to his significant size and gives Cutler another receiver who can go up and get the ball. Jeffrey has also battled weight and motivation issues at South Carolina, which caused him to drop to the second round.

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Chicago Bears Draft 2012: Phil Emery Discusses Brandon Hardin

The Chicago Bears took a bit of a risk in the third round when they selected Brandon Hardin, a safety from Oregon State. While Hardin was productive during his career for the Beavers, he did miss all of the last season with a broken shoulder.

While there are some injury concerns, Hardin has excellent size for the safety position. Along with his ability to play defensive back, Hardin should also be able to contribute on Special Teams. In his final healthy season at Oregon St., Hardin recorded 63 tackles and showed the rare combination of athleticism and size that made him a fit for what the Bears are looking to do on defense.

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Chicago Bears Draft Picks 2012: Bears Select TE Evan Rodriguez At No. 111 Overall

With the 111th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Chicago Bears have selected Evan Rodriguez, a tight end prospect from Temple. The 6-foot-1, 239-pound TE was rated as the No. 144 overall prospect in the 2012 Draft and the No. 7 tight end by SB Nation's Mocking The Draft. Rodriguez is known as a versatile player that could be best suited to play the H-back position in the NFL, as he is a bit undersized to be an every-down tight end and struggles to make quick cuts in his routes, according to Mocking The Draft's quick scouting report.


NFL Draft Tracker via Sports Illustrated

The Bears still hold the following picks:

Round 6, Pick No. 14, No. 184 Overall

Round 7, Pick No. 13, No. 220 Overall

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Chicago Bears Draft Picks: Bears With 3 Picks Left Going Into Saturday

The Chicago Bears have addressed several key needs in the 2012 NFL Draft so far, but they have yet to take an offensive lineman. General manager Phil Emery may not be able to find any prospect that would make an immediate impact on a team with Super Bowl aspirations in the final three rounds on Saturday (11:00 a.m. CT, ESPN and NFL Network), but getting developmental prospects for the future is key. Now is the time to find some developmental prospects on the offensive line and perhaps at linebacker as well, but maybe Emery sticks with his goal of finding role players for right now instead.


NFL Draft Tracker via Sports Illustrated

Here is the complete list of picks the Bears have left in the 2012 NFL Draft, heading into Saturday:

Round 4, Pick No. 16, No. 111 Overall

Round 6, Pick No. 14, No. 184 Overall

Round 7, Pick No. 13, No. 220 Overall

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NFL Draft 2012: Chicago Bears Select Oregon Beavers Safety Brandon Hardin In The 3rd Round

With the 79th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Chicago Bears selected Oregon Beavers safety Brandon Hardin. He is the seventh rated player at his position in the draft.

Hardin is a big fast safety at 6’2" with an arm length of 31 ¾ and hands that are bigger than average. He was not invited to the Combine but participated instead at the Workout Warrior Pro Day where he ran a 4.46 40-time. He also ran an impressive shuttle and 3-cone time.

Hardin missed the entire 2011 season with a broken shoulder blade. He also was injured in 2008 with a fractured left hand and wrist.

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2012 NFL Draft Results: Chicago Bears Trade Up In 2nd Round For WR Alshon Jeffrey

With the 45th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Chicago Bears have selected Alshon Jeffery, a wide receiver from the University of South Carolina, who came into the NFL Draft as a second or early third round draft pick.

Jeffery is a big, physical wideout (6-foot-2, 213 lbs.) that made a name for himself with the Gamecocks by routinely snagging one-handed catches as well drawing the ire of fans for crucial drops. Jeffery is more likely to out-muscle defensive backs than to blow by them with pure speed, and several scouts have noted he lacks explosiveness off the line. However, he finished his career at South Carolina with an impressive 3,042 yards receiving in the defensively dominant SEC.

The Bears' next pick is No. 79 overall. Jeffrey will team with recent acquisition Brandon Marshall to give Chicago a pair of big targets for wide receiver Jay Cutler.

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2012 NFL Draft: Shea McClellin Will Start Off At Left Defensive End, Says Bears GM Phil Emery

The Chicago Bears and new general manager Phil Emery turned more than a few heads by selecting Boise St. Broncos prospect Shea McClellin with the No. 19 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, but Emery is excited about McClellin's natural athleticism and plans to start him off as a left defensive end opposite Julius Peppers, according to the team website. The Bears' GM told Larry Mayer of ChicagoBears.com that the 6-foot-3, 260-pound edge rusher plays with a low pad level and has a "very natural ability to find the right path to the ball off blocks to make the tackle as quick as possible."

Interestingly, Emery also emphasized that McClellin is considered an all-downs football player and will contribute on special teams as well. He earned a "blue grade level" on special teams in the team's scouting process, which is the highest grade the team gives out to prospects. Still, the No. 19 pick will have to make a big impact on defense in order to justify the selection and turn Chicago's pass rush into a serious weapon in 2012-13.

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2012 NFL Draft: Chicago Bears Select Boise State LB Shea McClellin 19th Overall

With the 19th pick in the 2012 NFL draft, the Chicago Bears selected Boise State Broncos defensive end/outside linebacker Shea McClellin. McClellin is the eighth-rated defensive end in the draft, according to Mocking The Draft's rankings. He is a high-motor pass-rusher that improved each season as a three-year starter for Boise St.


NFL Draft Tracker via Sports Illustrated

According to Mocking The Draft’s scouting report on McClellin, he is a relentless pass rusher, plays with a high motor and is an ideal fit to attack off the edge in a 3-4 scheme. The Bears' next pick is the 50th overall pick in the second round, which they could potentially use on a pass rusher, offensive lineman or wide receiver.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Chicago Bears Expected Pick DE Whitney Mercilus

The Chicago Bears are hours away from their first selection in the 2012 NFL Draft, and the latest mock draft from the Tribune's Dan Pompei suggest the Bears will keep it local, selecting Illinois Fighting Illini DE Whitney Mercilus:

19. Bears: Whitney Mercilus, DE, Illinois

He fills their most pressing need and gives them good value. Brockers also could make sense if he falls.

Mercilus led all of Division I college football programs with 16.0 sacks and 9 forced fumbles. The 22-year-old defensive end also won a slew of honors following the 2011 season -- his first as a starter -- including the Ted Hendricks Award for the nation's top defensive end.


Related: NFL Draft Rumors: 7 Players Chicago Could Take In The First Round

The 2012 NFL Draft begins Thursday at 7 p.m. ET. The Bears select at No. 19.

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2012 NFL Mock Draft: Mel Kiper Jr. Of ESPN Projects DE Chandler Jones To Bears At No. 19 Overall

Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery takes over his first-ever draft with the franchise on Thursday night as the 2012 NFL Draft starts at 7 p.m. CT on NFL Network and ESPN, and in Mel Kiper Jr.'s 2012 NFL Mock Draft the Chicago Bears are projected to select Syracuse defensive end Chandler Jones with the No. 19 overall pick. Kiper believes DE is the top need on the Bears' draft board, so Jones is their man after Whitney Mercilus gets taken one pick earlier by the San Diego Chargers.


Related: Bears NFL Draft Rumors: 7 Players Chicago Could Take In The First Round

Linebacker Luke Kuechly comes off the board at No. 9 overall to the Carolina Panther, while DE Quinton Coples goes at No. 14 to the Dallas Cowboys and WR Michael Floyd is snatched up by the New York Jets at No. 16 overall. Interestingly, Jones is listed as the No. 44 overall prospect in the 2012 NFL Draft by Mocking The Draft.

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2012 NFL Mock Draft, Round 1: Todd McShay Of ESPN Predicts Bears Will Select Dont'a Hightower At No. 19

The first-round of the 2012 NFL Draft is set for Thursday night at 7 p.m. CT on ESPN, and Todd McShay's final 2012 NFL Mock Draft has the Chicago Bears selecting Alabama Crimson Tide linebacker Dont'a Hightower with the No. 19 overall pick. McShay thinks new general manager Phil Emery has plenty holes to fill at offensive tackle, tight end, offensive guard, defensive end, defensive tackle and cornerback, but he still lists Hightower as the team's first pick in the draft.


Related: Bears NFL Draft Rumors: 7 Players Chicago Could Take In The First Round

Interestingly, LB Luke Kuechly comes off the board at No. 10 overall to the Buffalo Bills, while DE Quinton Coples and CB Dre Kirkpatrick are both still on the board when the Bears make their selection. Hightower is listed as the second-best ILB prospect in the 2012 NFL Draft, according to Mocking The Draft.

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2012 NFL Mock Draft (Round 1): Bears Projected To Pick DE Nick Perry In Latest SB Nation Mock

The 2012 NFL Draft starts on Thursday night at 7 p.m. central time with Round 1 at Radio City Music Hall, and the Chicago Bears will be very busy trying to maximize the value of the No. 19 pick overall. New general manager Phil Emery still needs to address holes in the defensive secondary, along the offensive line and at wide receiver, but there should be an impact player on the board at one of those positions when the Bears are on the clock.

Prospects like Michael Floyd, Whitney Mercilus, Quinton Coples and Dre Kirkpatrick have been linked to Chicago over the past few months, but in SB Nation's latest 2012 NFL Mock Draft, Ryan Van Bibber has projected that all of those guys will be off the draft board by pick No. 19. As a result, he believes the Chicago Bears will select USC defensive end Nick Perry.


Related: Bears NFL Draft Rumors: 7 Players Chicago Could Take In The First Round

Getting another pass rusher is a top priority for the Bears, and Van Bibber thinks Perry would fill the need:

19. Chicago Bears, Nick Perry, DE, USC

The Bears could go several directions here. Going with a pass rusher in the first round, something that would help considerably in the NFC North, is a smart move. Speaking of moves, Perry has them.

Perry is listed as the seventh-best defensive end prospect in the draft according to Mocking The Draft.

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