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    Default Cameron Heyward in first round

    Height: 6'5"
    Weight: 294 lbs.
    Arm Length: 34 1/4 in.
    Hand Size: 10 1/8 in.
    College: Ohio St.
    Conference: Big 10


    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.


    Heyward started 46-of-52 games at Ohio State, missing just one starting assignment in his final 46 appearances…recorded 163 tackles (78 solos) with 15.0 sacks for minus 98 yards, 37.5 stops for losses totaling 150 yards and six quarterback pressures…recovered two fumbles, including one in the end zone for a touchdown…Gained 80 yards on a pass theft and broke up five other throws…also caused two fumbles…Heyward’s 80-yard fumbled interception return vs. Miami in 2010 ranks as the seventh-longest return by a Buckeye in school annals and the longest run back by a defensive lineman…His 37.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage rank 10th in school annals, while his 13.0 stops in 2010 placed tied for 23rd on the Buckeyes season-record chart…totaled 150 yards in losses on those tackles, the 13th-best career total by an OSU player…tied A.J. Hawk (2002-05) for 11th place on the school all-time record list with 15.0 sacks…amassed minus 98 yards from those sacks, tying John Kacherski (1988-91) for 15th on the school career-record chart.


    The team captain earned first-team All-Big Ten Conference honors…Lombardi Award semifinalist and Lott Trophy quarterfinalist…was also named to the Nagurski and Hendricks Awards preseason watch lists…recipient of the Bill Willis Award, given by the OSU coaches to the team’s Outstanding Defensive Player…started all 13 games at strong-side defensive end…recorded a career-best 48 tackles (23 solos) that included three sacks for minus 25 yards and three quarterback pressures, as he tied for fifth in the conference with 13.0 stops for losses of 42 yards…his 13.0 stops rank 23rd on the school season-record list…had a pass deflection, an interception and a fumble recovery.


    The Lombardi Award nominee earned All-Big Ten Conference second-team honors…was the recipient of the, Jack Stephenson Award, given by the coaching staff to the team’s Outstanding Defensive Lineman…Saw action in 13 games, starting all but the New Mexico State contest, as he recorded 46 tackles (21 solos) with 6.5 sacks for minus 43 yards, tying for eighth in the conference in that category…registered 10 stops for losses totaling 53 yards and posted a pair of QB pressures…also recovered a fumble.


    Heyward started all 13 games as a sophomore, rotating on the strong-side between end and tackle…registered 36 tackles (13 solos) with three sacks for minus 21 yards and one quarterback pressure…tied for 21st in the Big Ten Conference with 4.5 stops for losses totaling 22 yards…also caused a fumble and deflected a pass.


    Earned Freshman All-American honors from, and The Sporting News…TSN also named Heyward to the Freshman All-Big Ten Conference squad…saw action in every game, starting the final eight contests at weak-side defensive end…made 33 tackles (21 solos) with 2.5 sacks for minus 9 yards, as his ten stops for losses of 33 yards ranked 21st in the league…caused a fumble and deflected three passes.


    Attended Peachtree Ridge (Suwanee, Ga.) High School, playing football for head coach Blair Armstrong as a defensive end/tackle and tight end…received a four-star prospect rating from…that recruiting service ranked him as the seventh-best overall prospect in the state of Georgia and the 13th-best defensive tackle in the nation… ranked him 15th overall in the state and 20th nationally at his position…a scholar-athlete, Heyward was named the 2006 Georgia Class 5A Defensive Player of the Year, helping Peachtree Ridge capture the state championship that season…produced 103 tackles with twelve quarterback sacks as a sophomore, adding two sacks with 48 stops as a junior before ending his prep career with 88 tackles and eleven sacks during his senior campaign…graduated with a 3.2 grade point average.


    Human Development major…son of former NFL and Pitt running back Craig “Ironhead” Heyward and Charlotte Heyward-Blackwell…Cameron’s stepfather, Cory Blackwell played football at Wisconsin…born 5/06/89…resides in Suwanee, Georgia.

    [HIGH-LIGHT]Pick Analysis: [/HIGH-LIGHT]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.
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    Default Re: Cameron Heyward in first round

    Solid pick.

    glad to see that we didn't trade up or anything. It was pretty much said that we were going to take him for a few weeks now. Anyone that carried one of those gay mock drafts and didn't have Heyward first was probably dreaming of unicorns
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