Jeff Heuerman, TE

School: Ohio State  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Naples, FL
Height/Weight: 6-5 / 254 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.

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
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
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Player Overview

Although his statistical resume doesn't look impressive, Heuerman, who didn't play the sport until high school, is one of the few tight end prospects in the 2015 NFL Draft class with starting potential.

Despite the low production as a senior in Columbus, he showed vast improvement as a player with better functional athleticism as a route runner and consistency as a blocker. Heuerman has the versatility to line up inline, backfield and in the slot and should have a much better NFL career than in college if he stays healthy.

A three-star tight end recruit out of high school, Heuerman held offers from Michigan, Tennessee and South Carolina, but was won over by Columbus and the Buckeyes. After one catch as a true freshman in 2011, he became a starter in 2012 as a sophomore and posted eight catches for 94 yards and his first career touchdown.

Heuerman had his most productive season as a junior in 2013 and finished third on the team with 26 receptions for 466 yards and four scores, including a team-best 17.9 yards per catch average. He battled injuries as a senior in 2014, recording only 17 catches for 207 yards and a pair of touchdowns for the National Champion Buckeyes.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Athletic body type with proportionate thickness for the position. Good build-up speed to get vertical and be a seam threat. Fluid for his size, showing natural body control and adjustment skills. Plays loose and shifts his momentum well in his routes.

Large hands and looks the ball in, highpointing and securing in contested situations. Strong finisher as a ballcarrier with excellent toughness, refusing to go down after the catch. Not shy about his stiff arm and will power through defenders. Squares up well as an inline blocker and uses his length to keep rushers at bay while shuffling, mirroring and staying balanced with his upper and lower body movements. Physical and diverse blocker, whether down on the edge or as a lead blocker on inside run plays. Nice job with angles and sustains well against players he should, often eliminating his man from the play.

Has no issue doing the dirty work with a high threshold for pain, playing through nagging injuries. Athletic bloodlines - father (Paul) played basketball at Michigan, younger brother (Mike) is a sophomore tight end at Notre Dame.

WEAKNESSES: Doesn't play with consistent burst, struggling to separate as a route runner. Needs to refine his patterns and add seasoning in his stem to better sell and fool defenders. Not dynamic after the catch and doesn't consistently break tackles or make defenders miss. Usually reliable hands, but will have some focus drops and struggle with the fastball.

Has improved his timing and technique as a blocker, but not yet a finished product in this area. Has battled injuries as of late, leading to durability questions - limited throughout 2014 with a stress reaction to his surgically repaired foot (March 2014). Healthy or not, has never been a high statistical pass-catcher with only 52 catches and seven scores in his career.

--Dane Brugler

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