Draft Scout Snapshot: A closer look at the Raiders' 10 picks: Round 5/140 -- Ben Heeney, LB, 6-0, 231, Kansas...Heeney, an All-Big 12 performer for the Jayhawks, had a nose for the ball and led his team in tackles. He started as an inside linebacker, but as a former prep standout running back, has good athleticism and can play outside as well and on special teams. - The Sports Xchange
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10/05/16 - LB Ben Heeney (ankle) was placed on injured reserve.
10/04/16 - LB Ben Heeney, who played eight snaps on defense and 23 on special teams, has an ankle injury that will likely sideline him for the season.
09/19/16 - MLB Ben Heeney had a rough game, especially in pass coverage, and was replaced by Cory James in the fourth quarter.
05/31/16 - LB Ben Heeney is getting work with the Raiders' first team as an undersized but active middle linebacker with Malcolm Smith out due to an undisclosed injury. Smith played the most snaps of anyone on the Raiders defense a year ago.
12/14/15 - LB Ben Heeney played 43 snaps and had seven tackles and a tackle for loss.
11/30/15 - LB Ben Heeney played only 18 snaps after getting 38 the previous week against Detroit.
08/16/15 - LB Ben Heeney led the Raiders in tackles, continuing a training camp that looks as if he is ready to play sooner, rather than later. Heeney is a fourth-round pick out of Kansas.
"It was a little nerve-wracking at first, but once I got settled in and got out there, it was better," Heeney said.
Del Rio has been complimentary of Heeney's play since camp began, and the first preseason game was no different.
"That's what we see in practice every day," Del Rio said. "He flies around. He's very, very active. His speed showed up."
05/20/15 - LB Ben Heeney, selected by the Raiders in the fifth round of the draft (140th overall), signed a four-year contract Wednesday (May 20).
Heeney was selected 140th overall by the Raiders in the 2015 NFL Draft. He played four seasons at Kansas, starting 34-of-46 games over his career and totaling 335 tackles (214 solo), 4.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, four interceptions and nine passes defensed. As a senior, he started all 12 games and tallied 127 tackles (88 solo), earning him unanimous All-Big 12 First-Team and Honorable Mention Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year honors.
05/05/15 - Linebacker Ben Heeney admitted after gaining more than 2,000 yards rushing and scoring 39 touchdowns as a high school senior he never envisioned being an NFL linebacker. "Actually I thought I'd be a running back in college," Heeney said. "I grew up playing running back and played defense, but I would get like five touchdowns a game. I thought that was the path I would take, but I got to college and they saw me more as an athlete. I think I'm very versatile." - The Sports Xchange
05/05/15 - A closer look at the Raiders' 10 picks: Round 5/140 -- Ben Heeney, LB, 6-0, 231, Kansas...Heeney, an All-Big 12 performer for the Jayhawks, had a nose for the ball and led his team in tackles. He started as an inside linebacker, but as a former prep standout running back, has good athleticism and can play outside as well and on special teams. - The Sports Xchange