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Cam Heyward (DT)
  • Height:
    6'5"
  • Weight:
    294 lbs.
  • Arm Length:
    34 1/4 in.
  • Hand Size:
    10 1/8 in.
  • College:
    Ohio St.
  • Conference:
    Big Ten
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Selected by: Pittsburgh Steelers
Round: 1
Pick (Overall): 31 (31)

Pick Analysis: The Steelers opt to upgrade their defensive line instead of addressing their secondary with the selection of Heyward. He gives them another athletic five-technique to throw into the rotation, and his overall skill set is a perfect fit in their "30" scheme. This pick is another illustration of the Steelers stockpiling young players to groom for huge roles down the road.
Combine Stats
  • 40 Yard Dash- -
  • Bench Press- -
  • Vertical Jump30.0 inch
  • Broad Jump- -
  • 3 Cone Drill- -
  • 20 Yard Shuttle- -
  • 60 Yard Shuttle- -
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Overview

Heyward is big, versatile defensive end who can play in a 4-3 or a 3-4 at the next level. He is a powerful athlete at the point of attack who can eat up blocks in the running game and uses heavy active hands to shed quickly. He possesses a less-than-ideal burst but is a relentless pass rusher who gets more sacks than he should. His greatest asset is his versatility, as he can control blockers to be effective in a two-gap scheme, but also could have an impact as a traditional defensive end in a 4-3. Heyward will likely not last past the first round.


Strengths

Heyward is very strong with a great frame. Quick off the ball, delivers a violent punch to jar offensive lineman and shows good hand technique to slip blocks. Plays with sound leverage and anchors effectively in the running game. Versatile athlete that can play multiple positions along the defensive line. Four-year starter and very durable.

Weaknesses

Does not have the burst to consistently get after the quarterback or make plays from the backside. Plays with a narrow base at times and can be pushed out of the play. Takes too long to recognize screens and draws and gets caught upfield too often. A bit inconsistent with his play.

Grade

7.9

 

Video Playlist

  1. Steelers pick Cameron Heyward No. 31

    Published: April 28, 2011 at 11:35 p.m.

    The Pittsburgh Steelers select Ohio State DL Cameron Heyward with the 31st overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.

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