A look at Chicago Bears second round pick Adam Shaheen.
The Chicago Bears went out and got Mitch Trubisky a big target- a really big target. After trading down to acquire more picks, the Bears selected Tight End Adam Shaheen with the 45th overall selection in the second round.
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Shaheen is a converted basketball player from little known Ashland. He held the starting position for two seasons and over that time, Shaheen caught 127 passes for 1670 yards and 26 touchdowns. He’s massive for a tight end standing 6’6 and weighing in at 280 lbs.
Shaheen’s size will make him a nice additional blocker. He’s already established himself well as a solid pass blocker when he stays in for protection, but could use some development as a run blocker after only three seasons playing football.
Shaheen isn’t just a blocking tight end, he has great hands and thanks to his years as a basketball player, incredible footwork. The question, of course, is going to be the jump in competition. Shaheen dominated at a low-level and he’s going to see a significant change in the ability of others around him. Most of his issues appear to stem from someone who hasn’t played football very long and he has the potential to develop into a fantastic target (especially in the red zone) for Trubisky.
The Bears may have reached for Shaheen to a certain extent. At that point in the second round, there were a lot of slam dunks on the table as many talented defensive players had slipped. Unfortunately, with no third round pick remaining after the Trubisky trade, Pace targeted his guy and took him in the middle of round two.
Shaheen may have some impact in the passing game as a rookie, but it will be limited. Make no mistake, due to his lack of experience and playing at such a small school, he is a project. Don’t expect Shaheen to hit his stride until his second or even third year. He will not push Zach Miller for the starting spot this season. If Shaheen develops into what scouts think he could be, the Bears got themselves an agile, talented, huge target for Trubisky, but as projects go, he’s no guarantee.
Fans are going to have to be patient with Shaheen, although, due to his size and his nickname (Baby Gronk) he has a chance to be a fan favorite.