Offensive Tackle, #71
Senior, 6’7 310
Jon Heck has helped lead North Carolina’s offense as a right tackle. Heck started as a redshirt freshman and has kept his job all four years as a player. An NFL team will draft a tackle with prototypical size and technique as a run blocker. What is uncertain is how he projects as a pass blocker at the next level.
As a senior in high school Heck was rated a mid three star by the 247 composite. He chose North Carolina over offers from Miami and Virginia. In 2012 he was redshirted and then given the opportunity to be a starter for the Tar Heels. Heck took the position and ran with it.
The first thing to notice about Heck is his size. At 6-foot-6 and 310 pounds, he has the type of size you look for in a tackle. Specifically, on the right side because he can maul smaller defenders. Heck uses his size well to push around guys and create space. He also has good balance and instincts.
The bad is that the size hinders his movement somewhat. Speedier pass rushers can go around him occasionally and elite guys can beat him with moves. Florida State’s DeMarcus Walker had his way with Heck when lined up opposite of the right tackle. These are all things he can work on in the future with an NFL team.
Heck ideally would not be a starter immediately. He needs a year or two to polish his game and apply what he knows. After that the sky is the ceiling for him. Overall, he has incredible size and just needs polish in his pass protection skills. His run game protection is good and should lead to a Day Three selection.
Projection: 4th-6th Round