Photo of Ben Heeney
Drafted By: Raiders
  • Round 5
  • Pick 4
  • Overall 140

Combine Results

5.26 ?
  • 4.59 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 19 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 33.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 120.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 6.68 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.00 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 11.06 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

Oakland adds to their linebacker depth with Heeney. He's not a great athlete but he is decisive against the run and plays snap to whistle. He should be a special teams contributor early. --Mark Dulgerian

  • 6'0" Height
  • 30 3/4" Arm Length
  • 231LBS. Weight
  • 9" Hands


2014: First-team All-Big 12. Started all 12 games. Led team in tackles. 2013: Second-team All-Big 12. Started all 10 games played. 2012: Second-team All-Big 12. Started all 12 games. 2011: Played in all 12 games as a reserve LB and special teams player.

Pro Day Results

Bench press: 19 reps of 225 pounds



Regional scouts say he is absolutely beloved by coaching staff. Produced eye-catching "tackles for loss" numbers in 2014. Tape grinder always looking for an advantage. Has no interest in waiting for play to come to him and looks to make things happen. Always around the ball and rarely comes off the field.


Does not look the part of an NFL linebacker. Lacks the size and NFL "take-on" qualities against offensive linemen. Subpar pass defender in space and had only one pass defensed all season. Play strength and functional speed are missing. Was the college football leader in missed tackles in 2014.

Draft Projection

Round 5 or 6

Sources Tell Us

"I'm not saying he doesn't have instincts or work hard, but he guesses way too much. He's always around the ball, but he's also missing too many tackles to play in our league." -- NFC area scout

Bottom Line

Undersized inside linebacker with a big motor and willingness to take chances. Lacks the athleticism to recover from mistakes in the running game and is too tight to cover in space against the pass.
-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.