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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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
02/24/15 - 2015 NFL Combine, 25 Takeaways: Five Players Sending Us Back to the Tape: Ben Heeney, ILB, Kansas: Heeney was often characterized as a "try-hard" type with limited athleticism despite earning consensus First Team All-Big 12 honors this past season with 127 tackles, including 12 tackles for loss. After ranking among the swiftest inside linebackers tested this year in the 40-yard dash (4.59), short shuttle (4.00) and 3 cone drill (6.68), however, the 6-0, 231 pounder may have tackled himself a draft selection. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
08/08/14 - 2014 PRESEASON BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY AWARD WATCH LIST: Ben Heeney, Kansas, LB...A senior from Hutchinson, Kansas, Heeney missed a pair of games in the middle of the 2013 conference slate, but still finished with a team-best 88 total stops, including 11.5 tackles for loss and the first three interceptions of his career. Heeney, honored as an All-Big 12 Second Team selection by the Associated Press and the conference coaches last season, was fourth in the conference with 8.7 tackles per game and ranked fifth in tackles-for-loss per game with 1.15. He reached double figures in tackles in six of his 10 games played, including four Big 12 contests. - Kansas football