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Combine Results

Grade
5.11 ?
  • 5.02 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 26 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 33.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 113.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.44 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.52 SEC
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

  • 6'5" Height
  • 34 1/2" Arm Length
  • 293LBS. Weight
  • 10 1/2" Hands

Overview

Heath was seeing very little playing time with the Spartans despite a sparkling high school resume in Ohio, so it was decided he needed to move positions to have more of an impact. After playing 15 games in his first two years on the team, recording no tackles, Heath added 30 pounds to move from defensive end to defensive tackle. The growth resulted in a lean but strong interior frame which led to a starting role in 12 of 13 games played in 2014 (29 tackles, four for loss, 3.5 sacks). Heath set career highs in his second year as a starter last fall, collecting 31 stops, 5.5 for losses (including two sacks) and being named honorable mention All-Big Ten by league media. Heath already has plans for life after football, as he's marrying his girlfriend in the spring, with star defensive end Shilique Calhoun given best man duties.


Pro Day Results


Broad jump: 9 feet, 1 inch

Analysis

Strengths

Worker bee who keeps grinding until the whistle blows. Plays with the motor and strength to find out single blocks and maintains quality pad level against double teams. Fights through engagement and will give chase down the line after ball carrier. Recently married. Highly devout leader on defensive line. Tall defender with potential to play in odd and even fronts.

Weaknesses

Very average body control. Has issues maintaining his base against down blocks and core strength appears just average. Converted from defensive end and play strength isn't quite there yet. Doesn't generate the pocket push or overall pressure to play on third downs. More consumed with blocker in front of him and will miss runner darting through his gap.

Draft Projection

Round 7 or priority free agent

Bottom Line

Fifth-year senior considered one of the good guys on the team. Heath's transition from outside down to defensive tackle didn’t net much production, but Heath has intriguing size that could appeal to defenses running multiple fronts. Heath's lack of pass rush or dominant run stopping tape could hurt his cause on draft weekend.
-Lance Zierlein
C
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster

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