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"Shea McClellin is a trained assassin on the football field," Boise State coach Chris Petersen said this week. "That guy has been such an unbelievable player for a long time for us and completely and totally underrated, I think, in the public eye. I don't think so much in our opponents' eyes and certainly not in our coaches' eyes. I just think all that's coming to light right now."
The Chicago Bears apparently shared Petersen's sentiments.
The 6-foot-3, 260-pound product of Marsing, Idaho, became the first Mountain West player selected in the 2012 NFL Draft Thursday night when he was taken by the Bears with the 19th overall pick.
McClellin, who played defensive end, outside linebacker, nickel rusher and middle linebacker for the Broncos, is expected to be positioned at defensive end in the Bears' 4-3 alignment, opposite seven-time Pro Bowler Julius Peppers. The third first-round pick in Boise State history, he concluded his collegiate career with 130 tackles (64 solo), 33 tackles for loss, 20.5 sacks, four interceptions, five forced fumbles and two touchdowns. He is also the second-highest draft pick in school history. Offensive tackle Ryan Clady was taken by the Denver Broncos with the 12th pick in 2008, while cornerback Kyle Wilson was selected at No. 29 by the New York Jets in 2010.
A first-team All-MW pick as a senior, McClellin was the second outside linebacker selected in the first round, after the Seattle Seahawks took West Virginia's Bruce Irvin with the 15th pick.
"It finally came to an end now," said McClellin, who had 50 tackles (30 solo), seven sacks and 12.5 tackles for loss last season. "I know where I'm going and it's going to be awesome."
Awesome? Consider: Boise State, which has gone 50-3 over the past four seasons, produced its second first-round pick of the draft when running back Doug Martin was taken by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with the 31st selection in a trade with the Denver Broncos.
It's not only the first time two Bronco players have been selected in the first round of the same draft, but also the first time two MW players from same team have been chosen in the first round. It is also the first time since 2000 and second time in league history that two MW players have been selected in the opening round. Not to mention that Boise State is the first team from a non-automatic-qualifying conference to have two first round picks since Jackson State in 2000.
Martin, the second-leading rusher in the Mountain West last season with 1,299 yards and a career-high 16 rushing touchdowns, finished his Boise State career with 3,431 rushing yards, 17 100-yard games and 43 TDs. The product of Stockton, Calif., is just the seventh player in BSU history to eclipse 4,000-career all-purpose yards, finishing his Bronco career with 4,885, the fifth-most in school history. His 1,892 all-purpose yards in 2011 - including his school-record 301 against Arizona State en route to most valuable player honors in MAACO Bowl Las Vegas - ranked sixth on the all-time Boise State list. Martin, who joined McClellin as a first-team All-Mountain West selection in 2011, was one of only two running backs selected in the first round, after the Cleveland Browns took Alabama's Trent Richardson with the third pick of the night.