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Scouting The 2017 NFL Draft: Adam Shaheen, TE, Ashland

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A Division II record breaker will likely climb the boards the closer the draft gets. But what makes him special

Ashland Collegian Newspaper

Introduction

Hometown: Galena, Ohio

High School: Big Walnut

Recruitment: Basketball Recruit

Measurables

Height: 6'7

Weight: 277lb's

Class: Junior

Projected 40 Time: 4.59

Stats

2013 - Played Basketball at Pittsburgh-Johnstown

2014 - 2 receptions, 85 yards.

2015 - 70 receptions, 803 yards, 10 TD's.

2016 - 57 receptions, 867 yards, 16 TD's

Positives

  • Great size for the position
  • Good speed, he says he'll run below a 4.6.
  • Excellent hands as you'd expect from a basketball player.
  • Has ability after the catch to tack on yards.
  • Gets in and out of his breaks cleanly.
  • Physically overpowering in the red-zone.
  • Good body control to adjust to the ball in the air.
  • Shows good footwork getting off the line and in pass protection.
  • Productive college player once given the opportunity.
  • Knows how to use his body to create separation.
  • Long strider, picks up a lot of momentum in the open field.
  • Does a good job of high pointing the ball and winning contested catches.

Negatives

  • Played against inferior competition in college.
  • Physically dominated most D2 players, didn't have to play with much technique.
  • Needs a lot of work on beating press and using his hands to disengage blocks.
  • Will need to work on his run blocking, but most college TE's do.

Conclusion

Adam Shaheen is making quite a bit of noise within draft circles, first of all it's not often you'll see a D2 player declare early for the draft. However most D2 players aren't anywhere close to being as talented as Shaheen. Through the process he'll need to answer the question regarding the level of competition, he faced a lot of guys who will never sniff the NFL, and that needs to be taken into consideration. He was also playing with a lot of guys who will never sniff the NFL.

I've seen a good amount of tape on Shaheen and he's interesting. He's big, he's fast and he's strong. He runs away from defenders as well as running through them on occasions. His technique isn't great, but it hasn't needed to be. He's got a big frame and he knows how to use it, his catching ability reminds me a little of Travis Kelce, his size and mobility a little of Martellus Bennett. Now I'm not saying he's as good as either, I'm just saying that he has the raw traits.

Now the Jets didn't make the TE a priority under Chan. However that's not to say that under the new offensive structure we won't. ASJ has some talent but if you want to buy low on a prospect who has potential to do some damage at the next level with a bit of coaching, then Adam Shaheen is a guy we should be taking a serious look at.

If he has a good pre-draft process and runs a very quick 40...then he could climb. However right now I see him being drafted anywhere from the middle of the 5th to the late 7th.

Draft Round Prediction: 6th Round