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Bears unwilling to trade back and try to land Shea McClellin
The Bears had clubs behind them willing to trade up for the 19th overall pick.
In theory, that may have been the ideal move, since Boise State defensive end/ outside linebacker Shea McClellin was projected by many pundits to go later in the first round.
But, according to two league sources, the Bears would have been taking a big risk given the interest in McClellin.
The Green Bay Packers were widely rumored to be interested in McClellin, but they had the 28th overall pick.
The team that may have tried to make a move?
Perhaps the New England Patriots.
One of the more aggressive teams, in terms of trading draft picks, the Patriots traded their No. 27 pick and a third-round pick to the Cincinnati Bengals to move up to No. 21 to select Chandler Jones, a defensive end from Syracuse.
Heading into the draft, the Patriots were among the teams reportedly intrigued with McClellin’s versatility.