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Shea McClellin loves having his hand in the dirt

Before he was selected by the Chicago Bears with the 19th overall pick in last month's draft, Shea McClellin played defensive end and linebacker at Boise State. But with a fairly deep corps of linebackers, the Bears plan to use the 6-foot-3, 260-pound McClellin at defensive end.

"I've been hand in the dirt from day one and I loving it," McClellin said Thursday on WMVP-AM's "Carmen, Jurko and Harry Show", via ESPN Chicago. "The last couple of years I molded more into the linebacker role but before that I was strictly a defensive end."

McClellin recorded 130 tackles, including 35 for a loss, and 20.5 sacks during his college career, during which he was a three-year starter. With the benefit of a full offseason and tutoring from defensive line coach Rod Marinelli, McClellin has a chance to start immediately and play opposite Julius Peppers. 

McClellin hasn't said a whole lot to the six-time Pro Bowl and future D-line partner since the draft.

"I've only asked one question," McClellin said. "Other than that I haven't talked to him too much. He's more of a guy who leads by example so I watch him and learn from him."

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