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Five Things to Know About TE James O'Shaughnessy

Getting to know the Chiefs’ second 2015 fifth-round compensatory selection


NFL draft analyst Lance Zierlein refers to Illinois State's James O'Shaughnessy as a "basketball" tight end.

Here is what Zierlein wrote up on O'Shaughnessy:

"'Basketball' tight end with plus foot quickness, concentration, hands and vertical ability. He can elevate and compete for jump balls while creating space for himself with his quickness. His blocking is a work in progress, but he could end up being a highly productive Day 3 draft pick if a team utilizes his talent properly."

Odds are that he'll get along fine with Demetrius Harris. Here's Zierlein's full analysis.

O'Shaughnessy was named to the All-Missouri Valley Football Conference second team for his season in 2014.

* *The best year of O'Shaughnessy's four-year career at Illinois state was 2014, his senior season.

In 2014, the tight end achieved career highs in touchdowns (9), receptions (29) and yards receiving (544) and was thus named to the All-Missouri Valley Conference second team.

O'Shaughnessy became the second tight end to ever be drafted by the Chiefs in the fifth round. Only two tight ends have ever been drafted by the Chiefs in the fifth round — O'Shaughnessy in 2015, and before him, Billy Baber out of Virginia in 2001.

Additionally, O'Shaughnessy became the third Illinois State player in Chiefs history to be drafted. Calvin Harper (1974) and Boomer Grigsby (2005) were his Illinois State predecessors.

O'Shaughnessy said he's already looking forward to learning from fellow tight end Travis Kelce.

O'Shaughnessy caught two touchdown passes in the FCS national title game.

Illinois State played North Dakota State in the 2014 FCS national championship, and in the game, O'Shaughnessy caught two touchdown passes for 44 yards receiving.

Unfortunately, Illinois State lost the game, 29-27, after a North Dakota State scored a last-minute touchdown.

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