Finding Broncos: Scouting Ohio State TE Nick Vannett

There is a need for a tight end on the Broncos, that many seem to not realize. With that the case, could the Broncos look at a former teammate of one Jeff Heuerman? Just what does our draft analyst Erick Trickel think of this Ohio State tight end.

http://www.scout.com/player/139214-nick-vannett?s=101

Combine Results

BENCH PRESS (225 lbs): 17 REPS

VERTICAL JUMP: 30.5 INCH

BROAD JUMP: 111.0 INCH

3-CONE DRILL: 7.05 SEC

20-YARD SHUTTLE: 4.20 SEC

60-YARD SHUTTLE: 11.50 SEC

 Pros

  • Great NFL body and frame
  • Excellent at finding the opening against Zone defense
  • Keeps working to get himself open for easy throws from the quarterback
  • Long limbs
  • Trustworthy pass blocker
  • Really good run blocker
  • Well-rounded skill-set
  • Muscular and athletic
  • Big hands
  • Willing to take hits over the middle
  • Can make the contested catch with what seems to be ease
  • Fluid with his movements
  • Can make sharp cuts with ease
  • Excellent body control
  • Big catch radius
  • Can line up all over the field
  • Versatile in both scheme and ability
  • Smart kid with a high football IQ

Cons

  • Needs to improve hand technique and leverage as a run blocker
  • Needs to be tougher as a blocker
  • Limited after the catch because his legs are easily chopped
  • Needs to work on getting separation
  • Has to improve his technique as a blocker
  • Allows edge defenders to get outside of his blocks too quick
  • Has to fire off the snap better as a receiver and a blocker

Overall Thoughts

When looking for a tight end in this class, it is hard to not immediately jump to Vannett. His ceiling is through the roof, and probably the highest in the class. He has a rare combination of size, speed, athleticism and well-rounded skill-set for a tight end that you don’t see often immediately out of college.

 

With the Denver Broncos need for a tight end, Vannett is the perfect fit. He could do whatever was asked of him, from all over the field. His skill-set should make him hard to pass up for the Broncos. With questions about Jeff Heuerman coming off a serious injury, than Virgil Green being unable to carve out a role on offense besides blocker, there is a major need for that third tight end. The only issue is, Vannett likely will go in the second round, which may be higher than the Broncos would be willing to go for tight end help.

Broncos Round Projection: Mid/Late 2nd

Where He Goes: Early/Mid 2nd

Per sources: Multiple teams have Nick Vannett as the top tight end, and some can see him going as high as the late first round.

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Erick Trickel in an Analyst for MileHighHuddle. You can find him on Twitter @Alaskan_Bronco. And be sure to like MileHighHuddle on Facebook

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