Biography: Moved into the starting lineup midway through his freshman season and has stayed there ever since. All-Conference selection as a senior, after totaling 5554/9/3. Junior totals included 58/4.5/2.5. Sat on the sidelines in 2007 with a knee injury. Posted career numbers of 77/19/11 as a sophomore in 2006, when he was awarded varying degrees of All-Conference and All-American honors.
Positives: Terrific college pass rusher with marginal size/speed numbers. Displays great quickness and explosion in his game, immediately alters his angle of attack without losing momentum and makes plays in all directions of the field. Fights with his hands to protect himself, plays with good pad level and rarely off his feet. Lined up at outside linebacker as a senior and displays the ability to get depth on drops if asked to play in space. Remains disciplined with assignments and gets his hands up to bat away the ball if he cannot get to the passer. Lined up at both outside linebacker and in a three-point stance as a senior.
Negatives: Struggles getting off blocks. Does not run well and may not possess the outright speed to play linebacker in the NFL.
Analysis: McClellan has been a terrific player on the college level yet really does not translate well to the NFL. His intensity and ability to be a disruptive force could help him find a home as a one-gap pass rusher in a conventional four-man line.
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