Off The Board: Jeff Heuerman

After a standout career that concluded with him serving as a team co-captain, Ohio State tight end Jeff Heuerman has been drafted, going to the Denver Broncos.

TE Jeff Heuerman: Drafted
Round: 3 (92 overall)
Team: Denver Broncos

Bio Info
Naples (Fla.) Barron Collier
4.68 40
33 ¼-inch arm length
10 1/8-inch hands
26 reps on bench press

Scout Pre-Draft Rankings
Three-star prospect
No. 6 tight end in the draft
No. 143 overall prospect

Ohio State Career: A three-star prospect, Heuerman arrived from Naples, Fla., as a former hockey player and the son of a former Michigan basketball player. He enrolled early but joined a position that already boasted Jake Stoneburner and Reid Fragel, so he played sparingly in 2011, making his first catch in the Gator Bowl that season vs. Florida.

He saw his production increase a year later in the first year under Urban Meyer as Stoneburner was moved to wideout and Fragel to right tackle. Heuerman started nine times and played in all 12 games that year for the undefeated Buckeyes, grabbing his first career touchdown in the Nebraska game. He also caught the two-point conversion late in the Purdue game to send the contest to overtime. By the time the year was over, Heuerman had compiled eight catches for 94 yards.

The unquestioned No. 1 tight end in 2013, Heuerman played in all 14 games and started 13, establishing career highs with 26 catches, 466 yards and four touchdowns while also establishing himself as a good blocker at the position. He had a career game at Purdue, grabbing five passes for 116 yards (the most for an OSU tight end since 1983) and a touchdown, and also had five grabs in the win vs. Iowa.

Named a co-captain in 2014, Heuerman’s friendship with Jacob Jarvis, a local teenager fighting Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy, was one of the stories of the Buckeyes’ season. On the field, the year was somewhat frustrating for Heuerman, who was limited early in the season as he rehabbed a foot injury and then turned an ankle early in the Alabama game. Still, he caught 17 passes for 207 yards and two touchdowns while leading the national champions in the No. 5 of injured quarterback Braxton Miller.

Scout Breakdown by Dave-Te’ Thomas: Heuerman missed most of 2014 spring drills with two injuries - broken nose and mid-foot sprain - but that isn't a concern. The senior might not be used much as a receiver, but those scouts who attended practices noticed that he runs disciplined routes, finds his marks, breaks cleanly and gets his head turned around in time to look the ball in. He is a big target over the middle and has a feel for coverage, doing a nice job of getting open in time for the quarterback to get the ball to him. He makes good body adjustments to the ball in flight and has the ability to uncover.

Heuerman Says: “I can do it all. It's on film. I did a lot of things in college, especially playing in Coach Meyer's offense. As a tight end you get to do everything. So I've shown everything on film and these coaches have seen that. I'm fortunate … (I’m) probably just a smart, tough football player. That's kind of what I've been talking about this week. I can do it all, be an every-down tight end. I see so many guys who only catch balls, they only block. I kind of pride myself on doing it all.”

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