2015 NFL DRAFT

Ben Heeney, ILB

School: Kansas  |  Conference: BIG12
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Hutchinson, KS
Height/Weight: 6-0 / 230 lbs.
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Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
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Workout Results
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He has average straight-line speed and appears tight in space, but plays with a try-hard motor and leaves everything he has on the field. Heeney is a physical wrap tackler and aggressive in pursuit, taking decisive angles and breaking down well on the move - locks onto his target and won't make many mistakes.

He performs better than expected in man coverage with his read/react skills to float while reading the eyes of the quarterback, breaking well to make plays on the ball.

--Dane Brugler (6/4/14)

Player Overview

The Jayhawks' leading tackler the past two seasons, Heeney has been the heart and soul of the Kansas' defense since he became the full-time starter in 2012 and will again be one of the team leaders in 2014.

The Jayhawks' defense ranked near dead last in college football last season, allowing 31.4 points per game, but Heeney was one of the lone bright spots, earning Second Team All-Big 12 honors the past two years.

Although his average athleticism tends to show up too much, Heeney has the mental make-up and competitive nature needed for the position and he will make it tough for a NFL team to cut him next year.

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06/05/2014 - Kansas' top NFL Draft-Eligible prospects to watch in 2014: 1. ILB Ben Heeney, Senior...The Jayhawks' leading tackler the past two seasons, Heeney has been the heart and soul of the Kansas' defense since he became the full-time starter in 2012 and will again be one of the team leaders in 2014. The Jayhawks' defense ranked near dead last in college football last season, allowing 31.4 points per game, but Heeney was one of the lone bright spots, earning Second Team All-Big 12 honors the past two years. He has average straight-line speed and appears tight in space, but plays with a try-hard motor and leaves everything he has on the field.

Heeney is a physical wrap tackler and aggressive in pursuit, taking decisive angles and breaking down well on the move - locks onto his target and won't make many mistakes. He performs better than expected in man coverage with his read/react skills to float while reading the eyes of the quarterback, breaking well to make plays on the ball. Although his average athleticism tends to show up too much, Heeney has the mental make-up and competitive nature needed for the position and he will make it tough for a NFL team to cut him next year. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

 

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