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2016 NFL Draft Profile: TE Nick Vannett

Jan 1, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes tight end Nick Vannett (81) is tackled by Notre Dame Fighting Irish defensive lineman Isaac Rochell (90) as cornerback Nick Watkins (21) looks on during the second half in the 2016 Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 1, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes tight end Nick Vannett (81) is tackled by Notre Dame Fighting Irish defensive lineman Isaac Rochell (90) as cornerback Nick Watkins (21) looks on during the second half in the 2016 Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports /
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In this 2016 NFL Draft profile, we take a look at the strengths and weakness tight end Nick Vannett out of Ohio State.

Nick Vannett is a former four-star recruit who grew up in Westerville, Ohio.  He red-shirted in 2011 with the Ohio State Buckeyes.  Over his first three seasons in Ohio State, Vannett played in 40 games, only making three starts, catching 36 passes for 423 yards and six touchdowns.  He added a touchdown against Oregon in the 2014 National Title game.

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Vannett became the everyday starting tight end for the Buckeyes in his final season and earned an honorable mention All-Big Ten selection for his play in 2015.  He ended the season with 19 catches for 162 yards, but unfortunately was not able to hit pay-dirt. Vannett, despite being under-utilized in the passing game under Urban Meyer, was able to showcase his blocking ability and his ability to create separation, catch and run well.

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Jan 12, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes tight end Nick Vannett (81) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Oregon Ducks in the first quarter in the 2015 CFP National Championship Game at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

STRENGTHS

At 6’6″ and 257 pounds, Vannett has great size for a tight end heading into the draft.  As previously stated, he is a great all-around prospect who was not utilized to his full potential under Urban Meyer at Ohio State.

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Vannett brings great length, a muscular frame and big hands to the table which allow him to make plays no matter the catch radius and even when contested.

He has the ability to run well and create separation when needed, but is also not afraid to go over the middle, make a play and take a hit.

Vannett has the versatility be an every down player as he has the ability to play in-line, in the slot or in the backfield when needed.

He is good, trusted and effective in both pass and run blocking as he can make plays in space or in tight quarters by keeping his body in front of the defender.  Vannett has the ability to move fluidly on the edge as well.

WEAKNESSES

One could count how little Vannett contributed to Ohio State’s passing game under Meyer a weakness, and maybe it is, but he has shown promise in many aspects of receiving ability.  It would be a lie stating it does not need work.  He does allow the defender to crowd him in on routes and will need some work with hand fighting.  It may also take him some time to get accustomed to an NFL offense and playbook as well.  In run and pass blocking, Vannett needs to improve at the point of attack, be more sharp and quick off the ball.

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Vannett’s size, athleticism and ability should appeal to teams looking for a good all-around tight end who can stay on the field in a variety of formations.  He has drawn comparisons to current NFL tight end Zach Ertz.

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This year’s draft does not have a very deep tight end draft class.  Vannett should see himself selected in the third round of this year’s draft.

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