- 2013 Pittsburgh Pro Day: Mike Shanahan of Pitt will have to switch to tight end in NFL...Mike Shanahan, WR (6-4 1/4, 241) - Shanahan - who is not related to the head coach of the Washington Redskins - ran the 40 in 4.81 and 4.84 seconds. He had a 30 1/2-inch vertical jump and a 9-foot-6 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.74 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.34 seconds. He performed 18 lifts on the bench press. Shanahan was a wide receiver for the Panthers, but his best shot in the NFL is at the tight end position. Shanahan, Sunseri and Turnley were not at the combine, and are most likely going to be priority free-agent pickups following the 2013 NFL Draft. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com
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Shanahan, who is not related to the Washington Redskins' head coach of the same name, finished second to Devin Street in catches (39) and receiving yards (493) a season ago but caught twice as many touchdowns (four) as the Panthers' speedier option.
While not as athletic as Devin Street, Shanahan is the most polished of Pitt's wideouts and offers the combination of size, strength and reliable hands and route-running to help as a traditional possession receiver in the NFL.
Shanahan, a highly regarded prep basketball player, turned down scholarship offers on the hardwood to play football but one can see the skills he learned in hoops with the ways he positions himself against defenders, high-points passes and catches the ball cleanly with his hands.