November 1, 2011

Film Vault: Heuerman is a multi-dimensional threat

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In the 2011 class Ohio State looked to the state of Florida for one of its two tight end signees and landed Naples (Fla.) Barron Collier product Jeff Heuerman. Early indications have been promising in regards to Heuerman's future at the college level and the Buckeyes could very well head back to Barron Collier in the 2013 class as Jeff's younger brother, Mike Heuerman, is starting to make some noise. The 6-foot-4, 210-pound prospect is having an outstanding junior season and below we breakdown his mid-season highlight film and talk about what makes him such an intriguing prospect.

There is definitely a lot to like about Heuerman's junior film as he shows that he is a multi-dimensional tight end prospect. Heuerman has the ball skills of a wide receiver. He catches the ball out in front of his body and shows great body control and ability to adjust to the ball when it's in the air.

As a pass-catcher, Heuerman is a versatile weapon capable of lining up with a hand on the ground or splitting out wide. When given a free release, Heuerman fires off the ball and gets into his routes quickly and smoothly. Once he makes the catch, he's tough to bring down in the open field and uses his long arms to shield defenders away from his body.

The ability to move around to create favorable match-ups is a huge attribute for tight ends in today's game as the position continues its evolution towards being a key cog to nearly any offense.

Perhaps the most impressive thing on the reel is Heuerman's tenacity when run-blocking. Heuerman blocks until the whistle is blown and does a great job of keeping his legs moving and driving defenders. Heuerman also does an excellent job of keeping his hands inside when he's blocking which not only allows him to more easily drive defenders but also prevents holding situations. As he fills out his frame, this is an area of his game that should only continue to improve with that added weight and strength.

It's not easy to find areas of weakness for Heuerman. Of course he will need to add some muscle and continue to improve his strength and speed but those things should all come as he matures physically. Heuerman is already bigger than his older brother at the same stage, and the elder Heuerman reported to fall camp at Ohio State at 6-foot-5, 240-pounds.

While it's certainly early in the evaluation stage, it's hard to imagine that there will be too many tight end prospects in the nation better than Heuerman.


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