Brian Cassella, Chicago Tribune
August 9, 2012
The issue with McClellin isn't whether he will be in Chicago. It's whether he will be at defensive end.
McClellin was drafted to be an end, and Emery was pleased with how he performed there this season. Emery pointed out McClellin's percentage of quarterback disruptions was better than that of every defensive end in the draft except two who were taken ahead of him -- Bruce Irvin of the Seahawks and Quinton Coples of the Jets.
But a scheme change could force him to move to outside linebacker or even inside linebacker.
"It will depend on the staff and circumstance," Emery said. "I still see him as a D-end.
When I said in the spring this is a very versatile player, that's what I meant. There isn't a whole lot he can't do."