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Cameron Heyward | Defensive Lineman

Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Age / DOB:  (25) / 5/6/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 288
College: Ohio State
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Steelers exercised RE Cameron Heyward's fifth-year club option for 2015.
Heyward, the 31st overall pick in 2011, became a full-time starter last season and played 845 defensive snaps. He's now under team control for a little over $8 million through the next two seasons. Heyward has yet to miss an NFL game and is coming off a 59-tackle, five-sack season as a 13-game starter. He's above average as both a pass rusher and run stopper in Pittsburgh's 3-4. Apr 22 - 9:04 AM

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The Steelers will start DE Cameron Heyward in Week 6 against the Jets.

He'll replace Ziggy Hood in the starting lineup. Heyward had been getting significant snaps as a rotational defensive end, but will now get the majority of playing time going forward. Hood will be limited to sub-packages.
Tue, Oct 8, 2013 11:40:00 AM

Steelers third-year DE Cameron Heyward shed nearly 20 pounds in the offseason.

Heyward, the No. 31 overall pick in 2011, beefed up to 315 pounds last season, but he's cut back down to his college playing weight of 295. "I'll be able to get off the ball a lot quicker," Heyward said. "It's not like I lost any of my muscle. I definitely kept hitting the weights and just got in better shape." Heyward's impact has been minimal through his first two seasons.
Fri, Aug 2, 2013 08:32:00 AM

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review calls Steelers 2011 first-round pick Cameron Heyward's 2013 outlook "a cloud of uncertainty."

The 31st overall pick two years ago, Heyward hasn't so much as earned a Rotoworld blurb since signing his rookie contract in July of 2011. Pro Football Focus did give Heyward solid marks as a run stopper in 2012, but he played under 300 snaps. He won't push Ziggy Hood or Brett Keisel for a starting job.
Sat, Jul 20, 2013 07:54:00 PM

Steelers signed No. 31 overall pick DE Cameron Heyward to a four-year, $6.7 million contract.

Son of former Saints and Falcons RB Craig "Ironhead" Heyward, Cameron is a powerful down lineman considered an ideal fit for Pittsburgh's 3-4 scheme. Like 2009 first-rounder Ziggy Hood, he'll be brought along slowly behind Aaron Smith and Brett Keisel.
Fri, Jul 29, 2011 03:55:00 PM

Steelers first-rounder Cameron Heyward is expected to be used sparingly as a rookie, similar to Ziggy Hood's first season.

The plan is for Heyward to see a series "here and there," but he could be needed for more snaps if aging starters Aaron Smith and Brett Keisel struggle with injuries again.
Sun, May 1, 2011 08:34:00 PM

Cameron Heyward (Tommy John surgery) insists he'd be ready to go if minicamp started Friday.

Heyward underwent surgery in mid-January. He may not be 100 percent, but he's well enough to begin football activities. A classic 3-4 Steelers end, Heyward was the front office's target all along. Coach Mike Tomlin calls him an "A-Plus" in character and "not only a mature young man, he's a mature player."
Fri, Apr 29, 2011 03:34:00 PM

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones tried unsuccessfully to move back into the bottom of the first round to select a defensive end Thursday night.

Jones was looking to fill a need with only Igor Olshansky under contract, but he insists it's not a big priority because Stephen Bowen, Jason Hatcher, and Marcus Spear may all end up as restricted free agents next week. Jones hinted that Cameron Heyward and Muhammad Wilkerson were his targets, but the price was prohibitive.
Fri, Apr 29, 2011 08:05:00 AM

Steelers selected Ohio State DE Cameron Heyward with the No. 31 overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft.

The Steelers never swing-and-miss on first-round picks. NFL Network's Mike Mayock calls Heyward's Sugar Bowl performance against Arkansas one of the best game tapes he saw all season. Though Heyward underwent Tommy John surgery just after that game, the injury isn't expected to hamper him going forward. A powerful down lineman at 6'5/288, Ironhead's son is a prototypical edge-setting five-technique end consistently winning leverage battles up front. With Brett Keisel entering his age-33 season and Aaron Smith turning 36, Heyward and Ziggy Hood are the future on the Steelers' D-Line.
Thu, Apr 28, 2011 11:29:00 PM

One high-ranking NFL scout predicts that Ohio State DE Cameron Heyward will be available for Green Bay at No. 32.

"I think he’ll be there," said the scout. "I could see (the Packers) liking him, I could see him being a guy Ted Thompson kind of likes. ... He’s not a dominant player, but he could be a nice solid player." It's easy to imagine Heyward "falling" to 32 because he's not much of a pass rusher, and is more of a stay-at-home five technique. The Packers may want more playmaking upside.
Thu, Apr 21, 2011 12:49:00 PM

ESPN's Mike Reiss wouldn't be shocked if the Patriots selected Ohio State DE Cameron Heyward at No. 17.

Reiss acknowledges Heyward would be a bit of a reach, but thinks the Patriots will do it if they're convinced he's the right fit. The Pats pick again at No. 28, but beat writers for the Saints (No. 24) and Ravens (26) do not have Heyward slipping past their teams. New England will have to strike early if it want him.
Source: ESPN Boston
Sun, Apr 17, 2011 08:29:00 AM

Beat writer Mike Triplett thinks the Saints will select Ohio State DE Cameron Heyward at No. 24.

Triplett believes Heyward "has the size, versatility and savvy the Saints covet in their 4-3 alignment." Heyward would likely be a run-stopping, left defensive end in New Orleans who kicks inside to tackle on passing downs. We'd look for the Saints to draft a better playmaker in the first round.
Sun, Apr 10, 2011 09:36:00 AM

Beat writer Jamison Hensley has the Ravens selecting Ohio State DE Cameron Heyward at No. 26.

Hensley believes Heyward's "strength, power and versatility fit the mold of the Ravens' defense." NFL Network's Brian Baldinger also recently mocked Heyward to the Ravens, but Baltimore usually marches to the beat of its own drummer in the draft, and predicting its pick is probably about as hard as it is for any team.
Sat, Apr 9, 2011 10:27:00 AM

NFL Network's Brian Baldinger says he "knows" the Ravens won't pass on Ohio State DE Cameron Heyward if he's available at No. 26 overall.

The Ravens are known to be after 3-4 "five techniques," having shown a special interest in Muhammad Wilkerson of Temple and Christian Ballard from Iowa. Opinions are split on Heyward, however, because he's more of an immovable, container-type end as opposed to a natural pass rusher. It won't be shocking if he goes 26th, but there could be better playmakers available.
Mon, Apr 4, 2011 06:50:00 PM

Ohio State DE Cameron Heyward ran a forty time in the 4.95 range and had a 35-inch vertical at the Buckeyes' Wednesday Pro Day.

There's no word yet if Heyward was able to bench press -- he's recovering from Tommy John surgery -- but we're guessing he didn't. Regardless, Heyward is clearly in good playing shape, and his measurables are expectedly those of a 3-4 defensive end. He's a surefire top-40 prospect in the draft.
Wed, Mar 30, 2011 11:58:00 AM