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2012 Bears Offseason: McClellin To Push For Starting Spot

When the Chicago Bears selected Shea McClellin in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft, the expectation was that he would make an immediate impact as a rookie. While he won't be guaranteed a starting spot on the defensive line with the return of Julius Peppers and Israel Idonije, ESPN's NFC North blog reports that defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli has been impressed by the Boise St. product:

"He can move well. He's got really good movement. He's got really good speed. He's got nice range. His size is fine. He's a real hungry guy and he's very smart. I know he's tough. We'll get the pads on him. That determines everything. I believe he'll come out and do a very nice job, but the movement, all the things you look for, it's there."

Idonije, who started opposite of Peppers last season, recorded five sacks and a forced fumble. The addition of McClellin should make the pass rush even more dangerous for the Bears.

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