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Cameron Heyward Scouting Report


Pass Rush Skills: Uses his great length and burst to get off the ball quickly and split double teams. Cannot be blocked by running backs. Tight ends struggle to mirror him. He has the strength to push linemen back and collapse the pocket. Is relentless in pursuit of the Quarterback and has excellent closing speed. When he can’t get to the passer he gets his arms and hands up in the passing lanes. Displays an above average spin move and club.

Versus the Run: Is a force against the run game. He is very disruptive, being able to stick with his lineman, disengaging them as the ball carrier approaches his gap. Crashes down on inside runs. Does an outstanding job of using his long arms to slow up ball carriers. Sets the edge well, preventing outside runs and funneling backs back to the inside. Doesn’t consistently keep his pad level down. Susceptible to cut blocks and shorter linemen getting underneath his pads.makes it harder for him to get low and play with leverage.

Versatility: Played Defensive End and Defensive Tackle at Ohio State. Size and strength allows for future scheme versatility.

Instincts/Motor: Has a high motor that seemingly doesn’t turn off during the game. He will relentlessly chase down ball carriers and fight off double teams. Has great football instincts and awareness.

Intangibles: Voted team captain his senior year. First team All-Big 10. Has a great pedigree, his dad was a fullback in the NFL.  He has a strong work ethic, and great character. His desire to not live in his father’s shadow drives him to work and make his own name. Played in every single game during his four years at Ohio State, despite dealing with several injuries. Heyward is tough and as durable as they come. Comes from NFL bloodlines.

Overall Stock: The good thing for Cameron Heyward is that about half of the NFL runs the 3-4 defense. With his body type and strength, he is the perfect fit at the 5-technique. He also has the ability to kick inside during Nickel situations and rush the passer. Unfortunately, this draft is deep with players that can do the same. Normally, Heyward wold be a legitimate first round pick. This year, He may not come off the board until the second round.

NFL Comparison: Marcus Spears

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