Photo of James O'Shaughnessy
Drafted By: Chiefs
5.31 ?

Draft Analysis:

O'Shaughnessy is a similar prospect to their division rival Chargers' Ladarius Green. Like Green, O'Shaughnessy can develop behind stud TE Travis Kelce and has upside as a move tight end that can spread the field. --Mark Dulgerian

  • 6'4" Height
  • 245LBS. Weight


2014: All-Missouri Valley Football Conference second-team selection. Played in all 15 games at tight end. Caught two touchdown passes in the FCS national championship game, including a 41-yarder. 2013: Played in all 11 games, with 10 starts at tight end. 2012: Started all 13 games at tight end. 2011: Missouri Valley Football Conference All-Newcomer Team selection. 2010: Redshirted.

Pro Day Results

40-yard dash: 4.68 seconds
Vertical jump: 35 inches
Broad jump: 9 feet, 5 inches
Short shuttle: 4.48 seconds
3-cone drill: 7.26 seconds
Bench: 16 reps of 225 pounds



Athletic with ability to stress the seam and challenge vertically. Uses acceleration out of cuts and clever hand usage to create quick throwing windows. Hands-catcher who plucks it away from his body. Outstanding focus with ability to finish contested catches. Foot quickness to get into routes in a hurry and shake defenders after the catch. Will work himself open if covered. Gets feet into proper position as a blocker and gives honest effort.


Shows some hip tightness when opening up and running downfield. Upright into his routes. Doesn't always find the best spots in the zone. Will allow zone windows to close on quarterback rather than working his way to safer positioning. Thin lower body. Will need to hit weights if he wants to be able to play in­line on a consistent basis.

Draft Projection

Round 4 or 5

Sources Tell Us

"Good player. I love his play speed and the way he competes hard on every throw his way." ­-- Former NFL TE and current coach

Bottom Line

"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.
-Lance Zierlein
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.