Chicago Bears 2022 UDFA Profile: Kevin Shaa, WR, Liberty

While most scouts were watching Liberty for their quarterback Malik Willis, Ryan Poles and the Chicago Bears noticed wide receiver Kevin Shaa, and decided he was worth a look. Shaa spent four years at Liberty and finished with 82 catches, 1,364 yards, and 12 touchdowns. Last season he produced 28 catches, 516 yards, and six touchdowns.

The reason why Shaa went undrafted is understood. Not only does the small school background hurt him, but he also stands at 5’9″ and 166 pounds. He ran a 4.39 at his Pro Day to be fair, but there are not many players at all that size in the NFL.

Below you can see every player under 5’10” and 170 pounds from the past 20 years.

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RkYearPlayerPosAgeAVSchoolHeightWt40YDVerticalBenchRepsBroad Jump3ConeShuttleDrafted (tm/rnd/yr)
12019Marquise BrownWR2125OklahomaCollege Stats5-9166Baltimore Ravens / 1st / 25th pick / 2019
22008DeSean JacksonWR2192CaliforniaCollege Stats5-101694.35120Philadelphia Eagles / 2nd / 49th pick / 2008
32005Roscoe ParrishWR2215Miami (FL)College Stats5-101684.37Buffalo Bills / 2nd / 55th pick / 2005
42021Tutu AtwellWR210LouisvilleCollege Stats5-81554.4233.01176.894.14Los Angeles Rams / 2nd / 57th pick / 2021
52014Jalen SaundersWR210OklahomaCollege Stats5-91654.4434.0122New York Jets / 4th / 104th pick / 2014
62003Shaun McDonaldWR2120Arizona StateCollege Stats5-81694.43St. Louis Rams / 4th / 106th pick / 2003
72015J.J. NelsonWR2212Ala-Birmingham5-101564.2836.01277.024.15Arizona Cardinals / 5th / 159th pick / 2015
82014Tevin ReeseWR23BaylorCollege Stats5-101634.4641.01326.634.18San Diego Chargers / 7th / 240th pick / 2014
92002Aaron LockettWRKansas StateCollege Stats5-71554.3135.01196.844.11Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 7th / 254th pick / 2002
102008Anthony AlridgeRBHoustonCollege Stats5-91704.3630.51346.88
112021Jaylen HarrisWROhio St.College Stats5-81704.7730.581097.374.50
122019Jovon DuranteWRFlorida AtlanticCollege Stats5-111604.5531.51207.004.31
132020Jeff ThomasWRMiamiCollege Stats5-91704.4536.5125
142001Arnold JacksonWR230LouisvilleCollege Stats5-81674.4841.01277.424.11
152013Onterio McCalebbRB230AuburnCollege Stats5-101684.3434.0121
162021Pooka WilliamsRB210KansasCollege Stats5-91704.4631.541187.034.26
172010Brandon BanksWR221Kansas StateCollege Stats5-71494.3731.01136.884.29



Sure, you can point to Marquise Brown and Desean Jackson, but they were top 50 picks. The UDFA list featured Javon Durante, Jeff Thomas, Arnold Jackson, Onterio McCalebb, Pooka Williams, and Brandon Banks.

This would mean that Shaa is hoping to set a precedent.

Could Kevin Shaa make Chicago Bears roster?

Kevin Shaa does not have a return game background in his past, and even then the team drafted a couple of return options. It means that Shaa will have a hard time winning a roster spot with special team’s ability.

He will have to prove that his speed can transform a game like Desean Jackson and that he can overcome his size deficiencies. Shaa has higher hurdles to climb than a typical UDFA and may be pushing hard just to get on the practice squad.