A night after general manager Ryan Pace was ridiculed for trading up one spot and shipping away three picks (a 2017 third rounder, 2017 fourth rounder and a 2018 third rounder), he made up for it.
The Bears took tight end Adam Shaheen from Division-II Ashland at No. 45 overall. This came after they started off Friday night by trading the No. 36th pick and the No. 221st pick (Round 7) to Arizona in exchange for No. 45, No. 119 (4th round), No. 197 (6th round) and a 2018 fourth rounder.
You may be asking yourself, who in the world is this guy. Well, let’s dissect the selection. This is all about upside.
Shaheen, who stands at 6’6″, 278 lbs. comes over to the Bears as a former college basketball player in the mold of Tony Gonzalez and Jimmy Graham. Interestingly enough, Graham was a 2010 third round selection when Pace was with the New Orleans front office.
Shaheen becomes the fourth ever player from Ashland to be drafted and first since 2012. Eight players from the university have played in an NFL game.
After playing basketball as a true freshman at Division-II Pittsburgh-Johnstown, Shaheen bulked up and made the move to football at Ashland. He was a 6’4″, 200-pounder in high school with no football offers.
Shaheen played wide receiver and safety at Big Walnut High in Ohio. He went with basketball because that’s where he earned his only scholarship offer.
He caught two passes for 85 yards in nine games in 2014. Shaheen then broke out as a redshirt sophomore with 70 catches for 803 yards and 10 touchdowns. He set school records with 16 touchdowns as a junior a year ago along with 57 receptions and 867 yards.
Not a complete blocker, Shaheen is a pass catching threat and will be from Day 1 alongside Zach Miller and Dion Sims. He’ll be a weapon for Mike Glennon or Trubisky from the start of the season.
Shaheen ran a 4.79 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine. He led all tight ends with 24 repetitions on the bench press.
The knock on him is the fact that he played against lesser competition. This may be viewed as a reach with so many talented safeties, cornerbacks and wide receivers still on the board when the Bears selected him.
Either way, Pace doesn’t care. He wants athletes and he’s made that clear from the start of his tenure three years ago. Shaheen fits the bill as a pure athlete.
The Bears also have Daniel Brown and Ben Braunecker on the roster at tight end.
Pace saw Drew Brees and Graham thrive for so many years with the Saints, so you have to believe he likes the chances for Trubisky and Shaheen to be a possible clone duo in Chicago.
Final thought: As long as Shaheen can gain separation more often than not, then he’ll succeed in the NFL despite coming from the Division-II ranks.
Thoughts on the selection of Shaheen?
The Bears remaining picks:
Round 4 (No. 117)
Round 4 (No. 119)
Round 5 (No. 147)
Round 6 (No. 197)
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