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Prospect Profile: Nick Vannett



Tight end | Ohio State | Senior

Height: 6 feet, 6 inches | Weight:257 pounds

College stats

2015: posted 19 catches for 162 yards in 13 games; was named All-Big Ten Honorable Mention; helped Ohio State go 12-1 and win the Fiesta Bowl

Career:totaled 55 catches for 585 yards and six touchdowns, including five scores as a junior to help Ohio State win the College Football Playoff national title; the career totals placed Vannett ninth all-time among Ohio State tight ends in receptions and tied for 10th in receiving yards; had nine catches for 123 yards as a redshirt freshman in 2012, eight for 80 yards and a score in 2013 and 19 for 220 and five touchdowns in 2014

Combine results

40-yard dash: N/A

Bench press:  17 repetitions of 225 pounds

Vertical jump: 30.5 inches

Broad jump: 9 feet, 3 inches

3-cone drill: 7.05 seconds

20-yard shuttle: 4.72 seconds (*t2)

60-yard shuttle: 11.5 seconds (*t2)

*Ranking among tight ends at the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine


Summary: Vannett immediately passes the eyeball test for NFL size at 6-6 and 257 pounds, arms that were measured at more than 34 inches and 10-inch hands. The times that Vannett posted in the 20-yard and 60-yard shuttles show that he moves well and has range, which could be an asset for offensive coordinators looking to create mismatches against linebackers. Vannett also has shown versatility by lining up wide, in the slot, in-line and as a move tight end and had solid weeks at the Senior Bowl, combine and Ohio State's Pro Day.  

Stacking up:In three separate rankings (before and after the combine and earlier this month) NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock has ranked Vannett as his fourth-best tight end in this year's crop of players. Counterpart Bucky Brooks ranked Vannett as the second-highest option.

Strong comparison:In Vannett's bio for, Lance Zierlein compared Vannett to Eagles tight end Zach Ertz, who was selected in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft and has posted 169 receptions for 2,024 yards and nine touchdowns in his first three seasons.

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