Terrell McClain could be good fit for Bears, but at what point?
The offensive line has been identified by most as the top need for the Chicago Bears but they’re going to need to find some help for the defensive line as well, particularly on the interior.
With Tommie Harris, the first pick of the Lovie Smith era, gone, Jerry Angelo needs to find a three-technique tackle. The Bears have paid particular attention to Terrell McClain, the prospect from South Florida. The team was heavily represented at the pro day with Angelo, Smith, defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli and director of personnel Tim Ruskell in attendance.
McClain looks like a perfect fit for teams using offshoots of the Tampa Two scheme, but what do the Bears do? It could be too early to take him at No. 29 and there is a good chance he’s off the board before the Bears select again at No. 62. That’s why if there isn’t a top offensive tackle available at No. 29, there is a good chance the Bears and Angelo will look to trade down out of the first round and add a second-round pick and more depth in a draft in which the Bears have only six total selections.
McClain already likes what he’s seen from the Bears. He’s taken to the brief coaching he’s already received from Marinelli.
“He's a great coach and a great person also,” McClain told Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune. “He wants you to get after it. It's going to get you a little bit winded, but he wants to see if we're conditioned, if we can maintain the same intensity throughout all the drills. And I think I did that.
“Really that I'm just as good as those other top D-tackles, that I can do everything they do but at a better pace,” McClain said, referring to Marcell Dareus, Nick Fairley and Corey Liuget.
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