Photo of Nick Vannett
Drafted By: Seahawks
  • Round 3
  • Pick 32
  • Overall 94

Combine Results

Grade
5.7 ?
  • 17 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 30.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 111.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.05 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.20 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 11.50 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"He's a made player. His first two years weren't very good, but in the last two years he was phenomenal. He has very good size and is a good route runner." -- Ohio State coach Urban Meyer

  • 6'6" Height
  • 34 1/4" Arm Length
  • 257LBS. Weight
  • 10" Hands

Overview

Vannett grew up in Westerville, Ohio, where OSU football is King. Though he was not utilized to his full potential in the Buckeyes’ passing attack, there’s no reason that he shouldn't be as valued as former teammate Jeff Heuerman, who was a 2015 third-round pick of the Denver Broncos. He has NFL size and hands, earning honorable mention All-Big Ten selection with 19 catches for 162 yards in 2015. Vannett had similar production (19-220) but more red zone targets (scoring five times) as a junior after spare usage as a redshirt freshman (two starts, 9-123) and sophomore (8-80, one TD).


Pro Day Results


40-yard dash: 4.85 seconds
Vertical: 29 1/2 inches
Broad jump: 9 feet, 5 inches

Analysis

Strengths

Endowed with an all­-day NFL body type. Carries long limbs and big hands on a muscular, athletic frame. Comfortable hands in traffic and can make the heavily contested catch. Not afraid of taking a hit over the middle to secure the throw. Fluid mover and has the flexibility to sink and run sharp angle routes. Has body control and catch radius to pluck it high or low. Has size and ability to handle in­line blocking assignments and will battle once he's locked into a one-­on-­one fight. Was trusted to help in pass protection. Lined up wide, in slot and as both move and in­line tight end. Finds his place against zone and works himself into open, easy throws for quarterbacks on the move.

Weaknesses

Allows defender to crowd him on seam routes. Will need to improve hand fighting and leverage to create late separation for catches. Needs to be tougher at point of attack as a blocker. As move tight end, didn’t always fire downhill into his iso ­blocks. Allows defensive ends and outside linebackers to bring the fight to him. Routes need refining for better separation against man coverage. Run after ­catch potential not realized because his legs are easy targets for secondary to chop down.

Draft Projection

Rounds 3 or 4

NFL Comparison

Zach Ertz

Bottom Line

Vannett's combination of size and athleticism will be very attractive to teams in search of a combination tight end who can stay on the field and operate from a variety of personnel groupings and formations. Vannett will need to embrace his size and become more aggressive as a blocker, but his athleticism and pass catching ability could turn him into a safety blanket for a quarterback in need of a big, safe target.
-Lance Zierlein
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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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