Selected by the Bears in the second round of the draft out of Division II Ashland University, the 6-6, 270-pounder possesses an ideal combination of size and athleticism.
“He’s a big target,” said coach John Fox. “He’s got good body control for a big man. I’ve liked what I’ve seen. We didn’t get to see so much in the offseason obviously without pads. Even his point-of-attack blocking I’ve been impressed with. He’s got soft hands and good body control. If he touches the ball, he’s catching it.”
Shaheen is a particularly enticing threat in the red zone, an ability he displayed at Ashland last season when he set a Division II record for touchdowns by a tight end with 16.
“He has size and ball skills,” said tight ends coach Frank Smith. “It’s like that kid in high school, that Division I kid who’s 6-6 and everyone else is 5-10. I mean they stick out.”
After watching Shaheen look like a man among boys on tape, Smith was impressed with the tight end’s size and pass-catching ability when he saw him in person at his Pro Day.
“He looked big on tape, but then he was really big in person too,” Smith said. “The thing that popped out was—like you are seeing in practice—his ability to track the ball and go get it. For a big guy, he’s able to find the ball. You put it near him and he can go get it.”
That’s exactly the impression that…
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