NFL Draft: Ohio State's Nick Vannett Is Off the Board

After being what most would consider underutilized at Ohio State, Nick Vannett has found a new football home as he was selected by the Seattle Seahawks in the third round of the 2016 NFL draft.

TE Nick Vannett: Drafted

Round 3, (Pick 94)

Team: Seattle Seahawks

Bio Info

Westerville Central
4.85 40
34 1/4-inch arm length
10-inch hands
17 reps on bench press

Scout Pre-Draft Rankings
Four-star prospect
No. 3 tight end in the draft
No. 79 overall prospect

Ohio State Career: Vannett came to Ohio State as a member of the 2011 recruiting class and redshirted his first year on campus as tight ends Reid Fragel, Jake Stoneburner and Jeff Heuerman all were ahead of him on the depth chart.

After Fragel moved to tackle in 2012 and Stoneburner moved into more of a wide receiver role, Vannett became the second tight end behind Heuerman where he would sit for most of his Buckeye career. Despite being behind Heuerman, Vannett was able to put up solid numbers in his first two seasons, catching 17 passes for 203 yards in 2012-13 combined and scored his first career touchdown against Purdue in 2013.

His breakout season came as a junior in 2014, as he more than doubled his receptions and yards. With Heuerman battling injury for most of the season, Vannett saw extended action as a redshirt junior and caught 19 passes for 220 yards and five scores, including a touchdown reception in the Buckeyes national title victory over Oregon.

Entering his senior season, Vannett finally got his chance to be the starting tight end at Ohio State. Unfortunately, his numbers dipped in his final season as he was delegated to more of a blocking role. He still managed 19 receptions in 2015, but failed to get into the end zone. He started all but one game in his final season in Columbus and finished his career with 585 receiving yards.

Vannett Says: “When I meet with these teams, they always say, ‘We feel like you’re underutilized.’ I always smirk when I hear that. We have so many threats at Ohio State. It’s kind of hard for them to spread the ball around to every one of us.”


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