The Chicago Bears started the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft with the No. 36 overall pick but for the second-straight year, general manager Ryan Pace traded down in the round.
Chicago made a trade with Arizona and selected Adam Shaheen out of Ashland University with the 45th overall pick in the draft. The pick fills a need for the Bears on the offensive side of the ball
As part of the trade, the Bears also sent over their seventh-round pick (No. 221) in exchange for picks in the fourth-round (No. 119), sixth-round (No. 197) and a 2018 fourth-rounder.
The 6-foot-6, 278-pound tight end had a record-breaking season in 2015 for Ashland, catching 70 passes for a Division II record. In 2016, Shaheen followed it up with 57 receptions for 867 yards and 16 touchdowns. View Shaheen's highlight tape:
A small-school prospect, Shaheen was absolutely dominant at Ashland. In 2015 he caught 70 passes (a D-2 record) for 803 yards and 10 TDs. He then caught 57 passes for 867 yards and a school-record 16 TDs in 2016. Shaheen had a relatively disappointing combine (he ran a 4.79) but the film shows a big, athletic pass catcher who manhandled the competition in college. He has a powerful frame and great upper-body strength, which should allow him to grow as a blocker once he refines his technique. As a pass catcher with plenty of room for growth, Shaheen could be a nice addition to Chicago's offense. - Jeremy Stoltz of Bear Report
Big, fast and athletic, Shaheen will immediately interest teams who are looking for size and traits. He's a poorer blocker than what might be expected for a player with his frame, but he's also a much more dangerous pass catching target. The jump in competition will be substantial and teams will expect him to become a more consistent blocker, but he's a pass catching tight end in a Y-tight end's body. Shaheen has starting potential with an ability to impact a passing game early in his career. - Lance Zierlein of NFL.com
While it might be a surprising pick for the Bears, who still have needs on defense, some NFL teams had Shaheen as the number two tight on their draft boards.