2011 NFL Mock Draft: Atlanta Falcons Decide to Upgrade D-Line Depth
2011 NFL Mock Draft Lands Cameron Heyward with the Atlanta Falcons at Pick No. 26
NFL Mock Draft Pick No. 26: Cameron Heyward, DE, Ohio State
The Atlanta Falcons looked like a team with few flaws during the 2010 regular season. Matt Ryan and Co. breezed through the NFC in route to a bye and the top-seed in the conference.
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But they had a rude awakening when the Green Bay Packers came to town for the playoffs. The defensive line failed to pressure QB Aaron Rodgers and he proceeded to carve up the Falcons defense. So going into the draft, they need a guy that can get to the QB and Cameron Heyward fills that hole.
Heyward stands at 6'5 and 295 pounds and is quite the physical specimen. He is a speed rusher with a great first step that knocks opposing guards onto their heels. Heyward excels at pushing his opponent back without drawing holding penalties.
The knock on Heyward is his overall foot speed. Scouts believe he will struggle to track down the speedier players in the NFL and he also has dealt with limited range on the field.
But the Falcons need to shore up the defensive line and Heyward is the top prospect left on the board. Heyward has four years of Big Ten experence and should be expected to contribute right away.
|1. Carolina Panthers: Blaine Gabbert |
2. Denver Broncos: Marcell Dareus
3. Buffalo Bills: Patrick Peterson
4. Cincinnati Bengals: A.J. Green
|17. New England Patriots: Aldon Smith|
18. San Diego Chargers: Muhammad Wilkerson
19. New York Giants: Anthony Costonzo
20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Da'Quan Bowers
|5. Arizona Cardinals: Cam Newton |
6. Cleveland Browns: Von Miller
7. San Francisco 49ers: Robert Quinn
8. Tennessee Titans: Nick Fairley
|21. Kansas City Chiefs: Akeem Ayers|
22. Indianapolis Colts: Gabe Carimi
23. Philadelphia Eagles: Nate Solder
24. New Orleans Saints: Phil Taylor
|9. Dallas Cowboys: Prince Amukamara |
10. Washington Redskins: Julio Jones
11. Houston Texans: J.J. Watt
12. Minnesota Vikings: Cameron Jordan
|25. Seattle Seahawks: Danny Watkins|
26. Baltimore Ravens: Jimmy Smith
27. Atlanta Falcons: Cameron Heyward
28. New England Patriots: Leonard Hankerson
|13. Detroit Lions: Tyron Smith |
14. St. Louis Rams: Corey Liuget
15. Miami Dolphins: Mark Ingram
16. Jacksonville Jaguars: Ryan Kerrigan
|29. Chicago Bears: Mike Pouncey|
30. New York Jets: Rahim Moore
31. Pittsburgh Steelers: Brandon Harris
32. Green Bay Packers: Adrian Clayborn
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