Ohio Connection: The Ohio State University
Scouting Report: Heyward is the best Ohio prospect in this year's NFL draft.
He has NFL-ready size and appears to be a good fit as a 3-4 defensive end.
In the most important games, Heyward came up big. Against Penn State in 2009, he made 11 tackles, three for loss and two sacks in a dominating performance. In this year's Sugar Bowl, Heyward had 1.5 sacks on Ryan Mallett and arguably deserved to be named MVP.
However, Heyward pulled a disappearing act at times this year, something that could make NFL teams wary. Though a strong run-stopper, his pass rush could use improvement.
Heyward would be very successful on a team like the Pittsburgh Steelers, where the main responsibility of linemen is run-stopping instead of pass rushing.
Projected Round: First-Second