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Heyward has plenty of opportunity to move up the draft boards
Considered one of the top defensive ends in 2009, Heyward had a disappointing year in 2010.
The Ohio State product posted his lowest sack total since his freshman year at 2.5.
He also showed some of his weaknesses, like his disappearing acts during games Ohio State needed.
Scouts also complain about his lack of moves, saying he just tries to bully the opposing player every down. Fortunately, technique can be taught in the NFL.
While Heyward did have a down year, he has plenty going for him.
Like fellow defensive lineman Cameron Jordan, Heyward has football in his blood.
Heyward’s dad is a former running back, which gives Heyward exceptional feet moving off the line.
On top of his good feet, Heyward’s biggest strength is probably in his hands. Cameron is great at using his hands to push around the opposition.
Heyward also has the special ability NFL scouts drool over: versatility.
Right now Heyward is somewhat in between the positions of DE and DT.
That type of “tweener” label makes Heyward a good prospect for a 3-4 defense.
The combine will be a huge event for Heyward, who has plenty left to prove.