Top pick McClellin needs time to grow

July, 30, 2012
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. -- Mark Anderson was much more freak than fluke.

As a rookie out of Alabama in 2006, the 6-foot-4, 255-pounder's vertical jump at the NFL scouting combine was 42 inches, better than any defensive end over the previous decade. And his broad jump was 10 feet, 7 inches, which had not been surpassed in the previous nine years.

So while nobody was expecting the Chicago Bears' fifth-round draft pick that year to set a franchise rookie record with 12 sacks as a situational pass rusher, the most ever by an NFL rookie drafted in the fifth round or later, it did not exactly come out of nowhere.

Shea McClellin said Sunday he will wait until after training camp to set any specific goals. And nobody with the Bears would go so far as to say they are expecting their first-round pick to match Anderson's numbers in his rookie year. But no question the bar is high. Too high for now.

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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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