Photo of Jeff Heuerman
Drafted By: Broncos
  • Round 3
  • Pick 28
  • Overall 92

Combine Results

5.34 ?
  • 26 REPS
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"Heuerman played last year with a bad foot.. He is a heck of a pass protector. Also, he can swing inside and be a lead blocking back. He's a lot more athletic than you think." -- Charles Davis

  • 6'5" Height
  • 33 1/4" Arm Length
  • 254LBS. Weight
  • 10 1/8" Hands


Started every game for the Buckeyes in 2013 and 2014. In 2014, selected second-team All-Big Ten and was honorable mention All-Big Ten in 2013. Posted a 5-catch, 116-yard, one-touchdown game against Purdue in 2013. Played in every game in 2012 with nine starts and caught his first touchdown against Nebraska. In 2011, enrolled early for spring practices and played in 10 games. Decorated high school hockey player as a youth and into high school. His father, Paul, played basketball at Michigan and his brother, Mike, played tight end at Notre Dame. Avid outdoorsman who once caught a 200-pound Tarpon.

Pro Day Results

40-yard dash: 4.8 and 4.83 seconds
Vertical jump: 34 1/2 inches
Broad jump: 10 feet



Has athletic traits for the position. Solid straight-line speed after the catch. Can threaten the seams vertically. Has a plus vertical leap and high-point ability as a pass-catcher. Good body control to adjust to off-target throws. Shows his numbers to quarterback. Comes from athletic family. Team captain and leader in weight room.


Has weight-room strength, but it doesn't translate at the point of attack. Rounds off routes. Struggles to get separation at the top of the route. Lacks functional core strength. Can be rag-dolled in pass protection. Gets redirected into his routes. Struggles to win the edge as a run blocker. Limited college production.

Draft Projection

Round 4 or 5

Sources Tell Us

"Don't grade him off of 2014 tape, grade him off of 2013. He was able to show who he can be more in the 2013 offense." - NFL tight ends coach

NFL Comparison

Rob Housler

Bottom Line

Heuerman's production fell off in 2014 after dealing with a foot injury and quarterback change. He is a vertical pass-catching tight end who can be moved all over the formation. Scouts seem to be unusually intrigued and excited about Heuerman's NFL potential.
-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.