Position: Tight End
College Stats: 129 catches, 1,755 yards, 26 touchdowns.
In the last 15 years, the NFL has seen the prototype of a tight end change in so many ways. What was once an extra blocker in the run game that would occasionally get involved in the passing game (barring a few special players) has turned into one of the most important positions on the field.
Shaheen is exactly what the NFL is looking for. He is a basketball player that figured how good he could be as a tight end on the football field. He started his career n the Pitt-Johnstown men’s basketball team before walking on to Ashland. From there, he took one year to find his role before breaking out with 127 catches and 26 touchdowns during his final two years with the program. Shaheen is raw, but he could be a good tight end for years to come.
Shaheen is a huge player at 6-6 and nearly 280 pounds. Despite being the size of an NFL defensive end, he still has the speed and quickness to become a matchup nightmare. Much of his upside comes from his amazing footwork gained from years playing basketball. He has very little wasted motion when running routes and can find space to catch the ball.
His size allows him to be used in a variety of ways in the passing game. He is good for fades from in-line or spread out wide, he can catch the ball in traffic, and he can go up and make a circus catch look commonplace. He loves to get the ball in his hands and make plays. Over 20% of his catches in the last two seasons went for touchdowns.
Shaheen is at his best when running routes, but he has the ability to stay in and help protect the passer. He is not the most excited blocker, making it all the more impressive just how well he accomplishes the feat. Shaheen clearly studies film quite well and understands how to handle stunts from the defense.
One thing you probably noticed me avoid so far is Shaheen in the run game. He is not terrible, but do not expect to see him taking out defensive ends and outside linebackers to spring big runs. Adequate is about the best grade I can give him, a disappointment due to his size. He realistically should be able to overpower defenders, especially at the D-II level, in the run game.
Shaheen needs to work on welcoming the physicality of football. He has a habit of shying from contact on occasion. That will not be tolerated if he is to get significant playing time early in his career. He is not dynamic enough in the passing game to be a one-note tight end.
Where will Shaheen be drafted?
The Ashland product is beloved by many draft gurus and is seen as one of the highest upside players in the draft. I am a bit more reserved in my evaluation as I do not see certain teams (Cowboys, Titans, etc.) considering him due to his inability to run block at a high rate.
I think a team will take a chance on his upside, but not until the third round. For some odd reason, Jacksonville is screaming out to me.
I predict that Adam Shaheen will get selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the third round with the #68 overall pick of the NFL Draft.