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Ben Heeney | Linebacker

Team: Kansas Jayhawks
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 230

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Kansas senior ILB Ben Heeney "is a 'right time, right place' type of linebacker and that's not by accident as he anticipates well with a quick first step to put himself in position to make plays," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.
"Those instincts have served him well during West practices, along with his toughness at the point of attack to take on blocks, never slowing his momentum until the whistle blows," Brugler wrote. "The measureables and athleticism aren't special, but Heeney is in the mold of a throwback tough guy at the position who will make it tough on NFL coaches to cut him." Playing for the hapless Jayhawks, Heeney was ultra-productive outside of the spotlight. The 6-foot-1, 228-pounder, who accrued 127 total tackles and 17 TFL in 2014, is looking like a mid-round pick. His stock, however, appears to be on the upswing after a great week of Shrine Game practices. Jan 15 - 5:08 PM
Source: CBS Sports

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NFL.com's Lance Zeirlein reported from the Shrine Game that Kansas senior LB Ben Heeney is "generating draft buzz, more than I had anticipated."

"Heeney checked in at 6-foot-1 and 228 pounds, which is undersized by NFL standards," Zeirlein wrote. "But conversations with multiple personnel men yielded the same result: Heeney can play in the league. NFL teams love production, and when it comes to production as a tackler, Heeney was near the top with 127 total tackles, 17 of them for loss. Heeney plays the game downhill and he continued to do that in practice on Tuesday by consistently beating offensive linemen to the spot and disrupting the running game." TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline speculated previously that Heeney will probably make the NFL as a back-up linebacker and special teams player. According to the analyst, Heeney entered this season with a mid-round grade from scouts and is a "good football player who lacks top measurables."
Source: NFL.com
Jan 14 - 1:37 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler writes Kansas senior LB Ben Heeney is a "classic overachiever."

"Heeney leaves it all on the field with his throwback style, thriving on his instincts to be a hunter," Brugler wrote. "His stiffness and lack of range limit his NFL upside, but there's a lot to like about his play speed and read/react skills." Scouts will get a closer look at Heeney in the East-West Shrine Game later this month. If he latches on with an NFL team, TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline speculated that it will probably be as a back-up linebacker and special teams player. According to the analyst, Heeney entered this season with a mid-round grade from scouts and is a "good football player who lacks top measurables."
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 9 - 4:10 PM

Kansas senior LB Ben Heeney accepted an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game.

Playing for the hapless Jayhawks, Heeney has remained anonymous to most fans. He should not be discounted as an NFL prospect, however. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline recently wrote that Heeney has continued to play "productive football." If he latches on with an NFL team, Pauline speculated that it will probably be as a back-up linebacker and special teams player. According to the analyst, Heeney entered this season with a mid-round grade from scouts and is a "good football player who lacks top measurables."
Wed, Dec 10, 2014 05:40:00 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline observed that despite Kansas' continued mediocrity, Kansas senior LB Ben Heeney has continued to play "productive football."

Heeney has 101 tackles to lead the team through nine games. 10 of those have gone for loss. The senior also led the team in tackles in 2014. "Entering the season with a middle round grade from scouts, he’s a good football player who lacks top measurables," noted Pauline. If he latches on with an NFL team, Pauline speculated that it will probably be as a back-up linebacker and special teams player.
Mon, Nov 10, 2014 06:05:00 PM

CBS Sports'Dane Brugler notes that Kansas senior LB Ben Heeney "has the mental make-up and competitive nature needed for the position."

"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," Brugler wrote. The Jayhawks' prospect lead the team in tackles for the last two years, while being the heart and soul of the defense. Look for Heeney to be one of the team leaders for the Jayhawks in 2014. Brugler is a fan of Heeney's "try-hard motor" and notes that he "leaves everything he has on the field."
Source: CBS Sports
Mon, Jun 2, 2014 02:39:00 PM