2011 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Cameron Heyward, DE, Ohio State

by Cory J. Bonini on March 24, 2011 @ 03:59:56 PDT

 


Ohio State senior defensive lineman Cameron Heyward enters the 2011 NFL Draft as a borderline first-round lock. His inconsistencies will be overlooked in favor of his potential, size and positional need.

In 2010, he made 48 combined tackles, 4.0 sacks and intercepted one pass. Heyward posted 46 total stops and 6.0 sacks as a junior in '09.

Strengths

  • Very versatile - played every defensive line position but nose tackle
  • Closes gaps quickly
  • Strong against the run from inside and outside positioning
  • Positive attitude and strong work ethic
  • Cameron Heyward, draft prospect
    Versatility is his best strength
    Team leader
  • NFL bloodlines - his late father was running back Craig "Ironhead" Heyward
  • Good burst
  • Plays with leverage
  • Hustles to make plays
  • Uses hands well
  • Size (6-foot-5, 294 pounds) 

Weaknesses

  • Inconsistent
  • Lacks play recognition skills
  • Doesn't fill passing lanes too often
  • Average lateral agility

Expected draft placement

Expect Heyward to be a late first-round pick. The New York Jets (No. 30), Pittsburgh Steelers (No. 31) and Green Bay Packers (No. 32) could all use a 3-4 five-technique of his caliber. The Jets seem to be the most likely team to land Heyward's services. 

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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