Heyward, a four-year starter and first-team All-Big Ten selection at Ohio State, was a dominant force on the Buckeyes defensive line. A Lombardi Award semifinalist and Lott Trophy quarterfinalist, the 6-foot-5, 294-pound end had 157 tackles, 34 tackles for loss and 14.5 sacks in his 45 career starts in scarlet and gray.
The son of the late former NFL running back Craig “Iron Head” Heyward, Cameron underwent Tommy John surgery in January, but returned to the field for an official draft workout in late March to run a 4.95 40 and post a 35-inch vertical.
Scouts say that Heyward can play either end or tackle.
“He complements his versatility with decent size, strength and athleticism,” The Sports Xchange suggests, “although he doesn't truly excel in any one area and was highly inconsistent in 2010. … Heyward projects best to the five-technique end role in a 3-4 scheme because he lacks elite pass-rush skills.”
The Steelers always seem to find terrific value, even with picks toward the end of the first round. They've found another one here. And he'll fit in wonderfully with the new and improved Steel Curtain defense.
Draft grade: A-