Surprise pick just way Emery liked it

April, 26, 2012
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Considering the unknowns involved in evaluating any NFL draft pick too soon, it makes more sense to be excited about Chicago Bears’ first-round choice Shea McClellin than it does to start comparing him to Dan Bazuin.

But sure enough, that name popped up Thursday night, a nervous and knee-jerk reaction by those who remembered Bazuin, a second-round Bears pick five years ago out of Central Michigan who, like McClellin, was projected as a defensive end, then waived after one year and his second knee surgery.

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Melissa Isaacson

Melissa Isaacson is a columnist for, ESPN Chicago and The award-winning writer has covered Chicago sports for most of her 31-year career, including at the Chicago Tribune before joining ESPN in 2009. Isaacson has also covered tennis since 1986.



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