Cameron Heyward Scouting Report

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Cameron Heyward Scouting Report

Position: DE
Conference: Big10
School: Ohio State Buckeyes
Year/Status: Drafted
Jersey Number: #97
Height & Weight: 6'5 - 288 lbs.
Drafted 1.31 in 2011 by PIT

2011 NFL Combine Results
Vertical jump30.0
Broad jumpDNP

2011 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:

Cameron Heyward, DE, Ohio State

Ohio State Buckeyes defensive end Cameron Heyward continues to be an intriguing prospect, who at times can be absolutely dominant (but his inconsistency and lack of a pass-rushing arsenal makes him a very raw prospect who will need time to develop).

Heyward is the son of former NFL running back Craig "Ironhead" Heyward. In 2010, he played every position on Ohio State's defensive line depending upon the situation. Given his size, he has a good athletic frame. He is fast, has good balance and does a good job controlling his body.

The problems with Heyward stem from what appears to be a very inconsistent motor. If he doesn't get a good jump on the snap (or if he doesn't get his hands where he wants to off the line of scrimmage), he can be thrown off and become one-dimensional. He will simply lunge forward, push and not really attack with any awareness of where he is going or reading the play. Furthermore, he does not have any finesse with regard to moves to pass-rush and he's content to bull rush his opponent all game long. He needs to work on his hips and use his athleticism to his advantage more often. Some scouts may even go so far as to say he simply doesn't have that instinct to go all-out and attack his opponents.

Heyward would be best suited as a 3-4 DE. He is a great tackler, holds the edge for containment, works hard to get through double teams and create pressure in the backfield.

At the 2011 NFL Combine, Heyward was unable to perform in any of the drills due to an elbow injury he sustained at the Sugar Bowl. He underwent reconstructive surgery on his torn ulnar collateral ligament, also known as Tommy John surgery, in early January. He will participate in a pro day workout on March 30.

Heyward projects as a late-first to early second round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.

Last Updated Mar-29-2011 by Matt De Lima

2 Comments | Add Yours
Prediction: 1st Round

very slow laterally which makes him a poor fit for a pass rusher. Takes too many plays off. He has the frame to add weight, but overall attitude is questionable. Late 2nd or 3rd round pick.

Posted by:
hinkleyhick 02/21/11 11:48 PM
Prediction: 1st Round

GO SAINTS!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by:
toddakaplumbshady111 02/05/11 02:47 PM
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