Kansas City Chiefs Scouting Report: Ben Heeney


There has been endless talk about what the Kansas City Chiefs will do in the early rounds of the 2015 NFL Draft. Endless debates have been had over possibly taking a wide receiver or offensive lineman. 

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K-State Wildcat fans have been saying the Chiefs must draft Tyler Lockett. Some people have suggested the Chiefs should take a risk on former Missouri Tigers wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham.

With ten picks in the draft there are several areas the Chiefs should be able to target and improve on. Value can be found in the mid and late rounds of the draft too and the Kansas City Chiefs should seriously consider targeting an inside linebacker at some point, and if they haven’t drafted one by the fourth round then there just may be a local college kid waiting for his name to be called.

The Kansas City Chiefs have the 19th pick in the fourth round (118th overall), 36th pick in the fifth round (172nd overall), and 37th pick in the fifth round (173rd overall). While they may not be able to find an instant starter that late, they can still find a quality player with good potential.

The Kansas Jayhawk football team was underwhelming in 2014 to say the least, but they did have a few bright spots including inside linebacker Ben Heeney. Heeney was able to put up big time statistics in 2014 with 88 tackles, 39 assists, 1.5 sacks, one interception, and two forced fumbles. The 88 solo tackles in 2014 was the most among all players in the Big 12. 

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Combine Results

  • 40 yard dash – 4.59 seconds
  • Bench press – 19 reps
  • Vertical jump – 33 1/2 inches
  • 3-cone drill – 6.68 seconds
  • 20-yard shuttle – 4.00 seconds

-Courtesy of CBS Sports

"Good play speed with fast, aggressive pursuit angles. The switch is always flipped on the field, displaying a motor that never quits and chasing down plays he has no business being involved in. Smart, instinctive player who read/reacts well, breaking down well on the move. Locks onto his target quickly and doesn’t make many mistakes. Physical wrap-up tackler and throws his body around with toughness to take the punishment.-Courtesy of Dane Brugler of CBS Sports"

Heeney is projected as the sixth best inside linebacker, and 130th best overall prospect in the 2015 NFL Draft so the Kansas City Chiefs would either need to reach for him with their pick in the fourth round which is the 118th overall or hope that he falls quite a bit so they can select him with one of their compensatory picks in the fifth round which are the 172nd and 173rd pick.

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