Colts sign CFL standout lineman Ben Heenan
The Indianapolis Colts are signing Canadian Football League standout offensive lineman Ben Heenan to a three-year contract.
Heenan is a 6-foot-4, 316-pound offensive tackle who will shift to guard with the Colts.
He played the last three seasons with the Saskatchewan Roughriders after being selected by the team with the first overall pick of the 2012 CFL draft. He played 52 career games on the offensive line, starting 49 contests. In 2014, Heenan started all 21 games for the Roughriders for the first time in his career. In 2013, he started 16 games at right guard and right tackle and helped the Roughriders win their fourth Grey Cup in franchise history.
Heenan played at the University of Sasketchewan and was one of three Canadian players selected to play in the East-West Shrine game.
"He’s an intriguing kid," Montreal Alouettes director of college scouting Russ Lande told The National Football Post in a telephone interview. "I've heard his workouts have been very good. He's probably a guard in the NFL. Smart kid, real tough very powerfu,l excellent technique, can bend his knees, not a real good athlete, not quick-footed so he won’t play tackle in the NFL. When it comes to size, speed, strength and ability to play at the next level, he's ready to make the transition to the NFL."
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