Shaheen spent the last three seasons at Division II Ashland University. In 2016, Shaheen followed it up with 57 receptions for 867 yards and 16 touchdowns. General manager Ryan Pace made a bold move and traded up to select quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.
The acquisitions of Shaheen and Sims hold some intrigue, if only because of sheer bulk, because the inescapable conclusion with the commitments to big tight ends is that the Bears might be serious about running the football. I just think they ... were impressed with me at the combine and my workout. "So we felt good about that". "So we talked about this thoroughly, and we're connected on this. There's no point. It's going to be bad". He won't wow anyone with his run blocking skills (or lack thereof), but his size, strength and power will be enough to make him a bit of a nightmare. We spent a lot of time on that. "The building, there's consensus in everything we do, so we all work arm-in-arm, and that's the way it is and that's the way it should be".
The Bears stunned the football world by taking Trubisky second overall after trading four picks to move up one spot.
Pace put forth a different spin when meeting with reporters shortly after the Bears traded two 2017 picks (a third and a fourth) and a 2018 third-rounder to the San Francisco 49ers to move up just one spot.
"Going into tonight one of the goals was we had some options to acquire talent but also get some draft picks back", Pace said.
Adam Shaheen is a physical freak who weighs in at almost 280 lbs but can still make plays in the passing game.
Shaheen wasn't a complete shock because he was widely regarded among the top five tight ends in the draft, and he was the fourth tight end selected.
"Jeff Shiver, our area scout, was on him pretty early in the process in the fall and he was just kind of pounding the table and at first we were like, 'Man, this is Ashland".
Pace said he couldn't afford to wait even one pick. He would either have had to play right away after only 13 career college starts - and for a miserably bad team, no less - or get thrown into the yawning maw at the behest of an unhappy, howling fan base after a few inevitable bad losses.