Everyone in the universe knows about Ben Heeney right? Right? Um…right? Okay, he may not be very high on your draft board. So put him on your draft board already! This guy can play.
Ben Heeney is an overachieving, unathletic throwback linebacker right? Right? Um…right? Wrong Earthlings! Just wrong. I have no idea why the Kansas linebacker has people convinced he is just an overachiever who plays at a basketball school but if you believe Heeney is an overachiever you have never been more wrong since you bought that Rick Astley album. Didn’t think anyone new about that did you?
Hey Ben, What is that on your shoulder? A chip? Well that explains your 4.59 40 time. Or your 3 cone drill in 6.68, or your 20 yard shuttle in 4 seconds, or your 60 yard shuttle in 11.06. As it turns out Heeney was one of the most athletic linebackers at the combine.
But what is the combine by itself? What did he do on the field? In his time at Kansas the 6’0, 231 pound linebacker racked up 335 tackles including over 35 for a loss. He also had 4.5 sacks, 4 interceptions and 3 forced fumbles. That production lead him to a first team all-Big 12 player in 2014.
Heeney is a sound tackler who demonstrates excellent technique on each tackle. When he gets there, you are going down and trust me, he is getting there! He has great instincts, which is probably the most important trait of any inside linebacker. Heeney moves laterally fluidly and can chase down the ball carrier. But really what impresses this alien the most about Heeney is his coverage skills. Matt Miller thinks he is agile enough to drop into a cover 2.
If I was going to compare Heeney to an Alien Weapon of Destruction, I would compare him to a venusian sheep. I know, I know…a sheep? Well listen: we used to use these sheep to destroy planets. We would drop them off and fly away in our rockets. All the local aliens would say “awww, look at the cute little sheep” but underneath that cuddly wool – would be something like your Earthling wolves. And the wolf would eat them while they slept. It was awesome.
Watch Heeley eat Kansas State in this video
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