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Ben Heeney Drafted by Raiders in 5th Round

RCT congratulates the newest Oakland Raider!

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Ben Heeney was selected by the Oakland Raiders with the 4th pick in the 5th Round, #140 overall.  Heeney was the 19th linebacker taken in the 2015 NFL Draft.  The now-former Jayhawk will try to make a name for himself in the AFC West, much to the chagrin of those Jayhawks/Chiefs fans out there.

According to the depth chart at, Ben Heeney joins Khalil Mack, Miles Burris, Ray-Ray Armstrong, Bojay Filimoeatu, and Spencer Hadley as linebackers on the Oakland roster.

By all accounts, Heeney has a chance to make an impact right away on special teams, and I personally wouldn't be surprised to see Ben get some playing time at linebacker.  Most "experts" did not have linebacker as a "need" for Oakland, but Ben's energy and work ethic will surely be a boon not only to special teams but to their defense as well.

For some more information on Ben Heeney, check out our draft profile and Silver and Black Pride.