The 2017 National Football League scouting combine has begun in Indianapolis, Ind., and Ashland University football fans will see a familiar name in the list of participants.
All-American tight end Adam Shaheen will take part in the NFL's annual draft prospect evaluation, and will do the bulk of his work on Saturday (March 4) during tight end/wide receiver/quarterback workouts. Those workouts will be televised on NFL Network.
There has been a lot of buzz about Shaheen of late, and given his production as an Eagle, it's no surprise. A 6-foot-6, 277-pound tight end, Shaheen caught a school-record and NCAA Division II single-season tight end record 16 touchdown passes as a junior in 2016, and grabbed a school tight end record 70 passes as a sophomore in 2015.
In December, Shaheen became the first Ashland football player to earn two first-team All-American honors from the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA).
The following is a sample of some of the pre-combine coverage of Shaheen's story:
- Shaheen's NFL.com combine profile - http://www.nfl.com/combine/profiles/adam-shaheen?id=2558144
- A feature on Shaheen by the Cleveland Plain Dealer's Terry Pluto - http://www.cleveland.com/pluto/index.ssf/2017/03/ashlands_adam_shaheen_the_amaz.html
- An ESPN.com piece mentioning Shaheen as a possible addition for the Detroit Lions - http://www.espn.com/blog/detroit-lions/post/_/id/28140/lions-could-overhaul-tight-end-so-could-martellus-bennett-fit
All of that, in addition to various mentions by team bloggers wanting Shaheen to come to their favorite NFL team.
Eight former Eagles have played in NFL regular-season games, with former Ashland All-American defensive lineman Jamie Meder currently starting for the Cleveland Browns. Three Ashland football players – defensive tackle Jeris Pendleton (seventh round, 2012, Jacksonville), linebacker Bill Overmyer (14th round, 1972, Philadelphia) and linebacker Len Pettigrew (ninth round, 1971, Philadelphia) – have been chosen in the NFL Draft.