OK so word around the mile high is that Shaheen is the next Gronkowski. Very exciting comparison but cant Shaheen be recognized for his own capabilities instead, doesn't he have enough talent of his own to recognize?
Now everybody's high on OJ Howard, Evan Ingram, Njokuo etc. but what if Elway was to pass on all of them and draft Shaheen in the third or fourth round? You know the pick that everybody is so quick to wanting to trade?
Does Shaheen have Gronk like capabilities? Would everyone be satisfied with Elway passing the rest and taking Shaheen over them or are we taking a chance and drafting another Jeff Heuerman like prospect?
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Adam Shaheen (TE)
HT: 6'6" WT: 278LBS.
ARM LENGTH: 33 1/2"
HANDS: 9 5/8"
Talk about a Cinderella story. Shaheen was an all-conference pick in basketball and football in Galena, Ohio, and signed with Division II Pittsburgh-Johnstown to play hoops (5.5 pts, 3.1 reb per game in 2013-2014). He then transferred to Ashland to play football, which turned out to be the right move. Shaheen caught two passes for 85 yards as the team's No. 3 tight end in 2014. He then took over the starting job the next year, catching 70 passes (for 803 yards and 10 TDs), a Division II record for tight ends. The two-time AFCA All-American and first-team All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference pick had another great year in 2016, setting a school record with 16 touchdowns among his 57 receptions for 867 yards.
40 YARD DASH: 4.79 SEC
BENCH PRESS: 24 REPS
VERTICAL JUMP: 32.5 INCH
BROAD JUMP: 121.0 INCH
3 CONE DRILL: 7.09 SEC
20 YARD SHUTTLE: 4.38 SEC
60 YARD SHUTTLE: 12.38 SEC
Enormous frame for a tight end. Powerfully built, well-proportioned frame. Accomplished high school hooper who brings the same footwork to the field. Has good sink into breaks and can make sharp cuts coming out. Has foot quickness for clever stutter-and-go double moves to uncover against linebackers. Above average speed and acceleration for his size. Creates leverage points against man coverage before breaking his routes off and pulling away. Moved all over the field. Was isolated for fade routes near endzone. Plus hand-eye coordination and shows ability to alter body positioning to improve catch-odds while ball-tracking.Trusted in pass protection. Sees twists and blitzes and responds to them. Needs work as run blocker but has desired frame of a Y-tight end.
Physically overwhelmed a lower level of competition. Upper body is stiff and mechanical in his routes. Hasn't learned how to utilize hands to free himself against press. Gets jammed up in his release and can be knocked off the timing of his patterns. Will need to learn to adjust in space in order to maneuver past traffic. In need of his fair share of technique work as a run blocker. Ducks head into initial contact. Finds himself lunging and chasing when asked to climb to second level.
Sources Tell Us
"I watched him for two games and turned the tape off because I want to see him live in Indy before I develop any more of an opinion of him. I saw some things that has me very excited." - AFC pro personnel director
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.