2011 NFL Draft: Cameron Heyward Has "Everything to Prove" in This Draft

Eric GalkoFeatured ColumnistApril 8, 2011

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 13:  Cameron Heyward #97 of the Ohio State Buckeyes chases after quarterback Matt McGloin #11 of the Penn State Nittany Lions at Ohio Stadium on November 13, 2010 in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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Cameron Heyward, one of the top defensive lineman in this draft, is one of 14 incoming NFL rookies featured in “Everything to Prove," the new Web series with combined efforts by NFL Films and Gatorade.

I got a chance to ask Cameron about being a part of the program, how it's helped him, and what he'll take away from this experience.

"I think it's great to see how to take care of our bodies. I've heard from guys in the NFL that it's critical to take care of your body. It's about what to put in [your body], not just on it."

Being able to stay healthy in the NFL goes further than just avoiding unnecessary contact on the field. It's about stretching, staying loose in the offseason, continuing to perform at a high level and staying focused and being in top physical shape.

Working out in the gym is the main part that all of these athletes have used to be successful thus far in their college career. But if they hope to not only make it to the NFL but stay in the NFL for a long career, it's about staying healthy off the field in an athlete's diet and workout routine.

Cameron knows this in particular as he's needed to recover from elbow surgery after the year, a question that has been at the top of team's concerns before they consider taking him in the Top 32 of the draft. So far he's been able to answer that question, and in working with Gatorade, teams will know that he'll be ready to hit the ground running once his NFL career does begin.

Follow Cameron and more athletes at www.NFL.com/ProveIt on the road to the NFL as they follow all of their action on and off the field. Other athletes featured include Blaine Gabbert, Jake Locker, AJ Green, Julio Jones, Kyle Rudolph, Stephen Paea, Mark Herzlich and more.