6-5 288lbs Senior
2007- 33 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks
2008- 36 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, 3 sacks
2009- 46 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks
Cameron Heyward is a big and athletic defensive lineman. Heyward has the versatility to play both the defensive end and defensive tackle position. He possesses both the size and athletic ability not only to play those positions but be successful. NFL teams will be excited because he will fit any scheme. He can play the defensive end position in both the 4-3 and 3-4 and can move inside to play defensive tackle in the 4-3 scheme. Heyward has good speed which allows him to create pressure on opposing offenses. He has the strength to anchor against the run and eat up offensive lineman’s blocks.
When you talk about what Heyward needs to work on you immediately look at his technique. He needs to continue to develop different and effective pass rush moves. He also needs to remain focused on the fact that he needs to play the run. He has a tendency to pin his ears back and go after the quarterback. This is a concern because he sometimes takes himself out of certain running plays.
Heyward decided to return to Ohio State for his Senior season because he wanted to refine his technique and be more consistent. He is a big time prospect and will get a lot of attention from scouts this year.
As it stands right now Heyward will be in the top 15 discussion and with a good Senior season he could land in the top 10. Baring a terrible season he will be a 1st round lock.