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NFL Draft: Chicago Bears select Adam Shaheen in 2nd round

The Chicago Bears select Adam Shaheen in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft after trading down from No. 36 overall.

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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDJLRgh2vp4

Here are a couple of scouting reports on the Bears newest tight end:

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. 


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