Ashland University’s Adam Shaheen had his Cinderella story continue as he was picked by the Chicago Bears at #45 overall.
Bears select TE Adam Shaheen with the No. 45 overall pick #NFLDraft
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After taking a scholarship to play Division II basketball at Pittsburgh-Jonestown, he transferred after a year to Ashland to play football instead. Shaheen made the right decision, as he set records for both receiving yards (867) and touchdowns (16).
Shaheen has been praised for his natural athletic ability, height and footwork that feels straight off the basketball court. At the same time, scouts say he needs to improve his blocking and may get overwhelmed physically at the pro level.
This pick is definitely a risk for the Bears, as Shaheen has plenty of natural ability and height that has them salivating over his playmaking ability. At the same time, that lack of blocking ability is problematic if they want him to play right away.
Shaheen is more of a project tight end than anything else, with many thinking he could fall into that Tony Gonzalez mold of basketball players turning into football players.
Congrats to Adam Shaheen of Ashland University on landing with the Chicago Bears with the #45 pick of the 2017 NFL Draft.