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04-28-2011, 10:37 PM
Steelers pick Cameron Heyward with first round pick
Thursday, April 28, 2011
By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Maybe not as good a story as the Pouncey twins, but the Steelers played their own game of all in the family when they drafted Ohio State defensive end Cameron Heyward on the first round of the NFL draft tonight.

He follows in the shoes of his father, Craig "Ironhead" Heyward, a Pitt running back who also was drafted in the first round, by the New Orleans Saints at No. 24 in 1988. His mother, Charlotte Heyward-Blackwell, is a Pittsburgh native.

When their turn came at No. 31, the Steelers also had a choice of going after one of the top tackles in Mississippi State's Derek Sherrod or one of the top cornerbacks in Aaron Williams of Texas.

Heyward is the second defensive end drafted on the first round by the Steelers in the past three. They took Ziggy Hood No. 1 in 2009.

The Steelers chances to get one of their more highly rated prospects improved when four quarterbacks were drafted in the first dozen picks, two more than almost anyone predicted. A handful of other picks -- Seattle's choice of guard/tackle James Carpenter, Kansas City picking Pitt wide receiver Jon Baldwin and New Orleans taking running back Mark Ingram -- also aided the Steelers.

They resisted trading away valuable draft choices to move higher in the first round, as at least a report on NFL.com said they were trying to do to draft Maurkice Pouncey's twin, Mike. The Miami Dolphins drafted the center-guard with the 15th pick.

One player who had to get their attention as he slipped down the first round was the second-best cornerback in the draft, Prince Amukamara of Nebraska. Considered a possible top dirty dozen pick, he wasn't drafted until the New York Giants drafted him at No. 19, still 12 picks ahead of the Steelers.

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11118/1142795-100.stm#ixzz1KsbsDDVa

04-28-2011, 10:42 PM
Steelers draft DE Cameron Heyward
April, 28, 2011
Apr 28
By James Walker
The reigning AFC champion Pittsburgh Steelers selected former Ohio State defensive end Cameron Heyward with the No. 31 overall pick in the NFL draft. Heyward adds youth and another big monster on the front end of Dick LeBeau's aggressive 3-4 defense.

Despite making the Super Bowl last season, Pittsburgh entered the draft with a couple of well-defined needs this year at cornerback and the offensive line. But the Steelers passed on both in favor of what they feel is a great value pick and the best available player on their board in Heyward. (Oh we selected the best player available. That will be wonderful consultation when we get ripped apart in the playoffs. - mesa)

The Steelers remain very thin at corner, and Texas cornerbacks Aaron Williams and Miami cornerback Brandon Harrison were both on the board at No. 31. Look for Pittsburgh to fill this need in Day 2.

04-28-2011, 10:42 PM
Awesome pick. I guessed it right and I think it was the right call. Pressure from the front seven hides the issues in the secondary. GO STEELERS!

04-28-2011, 10:43 PM
LOVING the Heyward pick! I figured we'd go either Williams or Heyward, depending on best available to our certain needs. He dropped to us at 31. Def the best player available to us. We are now getting younger on the D-line with Ziggy Hood now Heyward at DT. The run defense just got stouter.

04-28-2011, 10:47 PM
Quote from Ed Bouchette's Steelers chat transcript: 4.19.11

Shawn: Ed, if Cameron Heyward is on the board at 31, do you see the Steelers picking him over these 3 cornerback prospects?

Ed Bouchette: It might depend on the CB prospects but, me, I'm going for Ironhead's kid.

Ed knew it all along! :tt02:

04-28-2011, 11:17 PM
Cameron Heyward was a great pick he displayed leadership and big play skills at Ohio State...........I think he will be a valuable addition to the Steelers moreso than that fatso the Browns drafted before him

04-28-2011, 11:24 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers Welcome Cameron Heyward To The Family With 31st Pick In 2011 NFL Draft

We'll have much more reaction to the Pittsburgh Steelers' selection of Cameron Heyward, as well as all the other 31 picks in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft, but a quick post here for you all to start discussion what you think of the selection. Heyward, a defensive end out of Ohio State that we profiled here on Behind the Steel Curtain this afternoon, has a very interesting personal story that I think all of Steeler Nation will be inspired by. He's the son of former NFL running back Craig 'Ironhead' Heyward, a battering ram of a back who made a name for himself more from his off the field exploits than for what he did between the lines. And he's one of the rare players who truly was a 'student-athlete' during his time in Columbus.

At 6'5", 294 pounds, Heyward projects quite well as a 3-4 defensive end. With Brett Keisel and Aaron Smith both over the age of 30 and dinged up with injuries in recent years, it made sense for the Steelers to use a high pick on a defensive lineman for the second time in three years. He'll provide immediate depth along John Mitchell's line in 2011, with the hope that he can slide into a starting role perhaps as soon as 2012.

As I mentioned, much more on the pick and the evening's proceedings, but for now we extend a Steeler Nation sized welcome to Cameron Heyward, the newest addition to the Steelers family!

Go Steelers!

04-28-2011, 11:36 PM
Steelers select Ohio State's Heyward in first round of NFL Draft

By Scott Brown
Friday, April 29, 2011

Addressing defensive line and not cornerback with their first-round pick Thursday night, the Steelers took Ohio State`s Cameron Heyward with the 31st overall selection of the 2011 NFL draft.

The 6-5, 294-pound defensive end is the son of the late Craig "Ironhead" Heyward, who starred as a running back at Pitt before playing 11 seasons in the NFL. Like his father, Heyward relishes physical play.

That attribute, along with his relentless style and ability to use his hands and shed blocks, prompted the Steelers to make Heyward the second defensive end they have taken with their first-round pick in the last three years.

"To be somewhere where you want to be is an unbelievable feeling," said Heyward, a Pittsburgh native who still has family in the area. "I always had a Terrible Towel."

Director of operations Kevin Colbert said Heyward was among the 20 players the Steelers had designated as having the potential to be special in the NFL. Heyward was the last of the 12 defensive linemen taken in the first round of the draft, which is a record.

"This is a special moment for this organization," Colbert said. "We got a guy we really wanted and still have all of our other picks."

The Steelers will make two picks Friday night, one each in the second and third rounds.

The Steelers have more of an immediate need at cornerback, especially since Ike Taylor is an unrestricted free agent who could hit the open market as early as next week. Despite that, the Steelers passed on Texas' Aaron Williams to take Heyward and get younger along their defensive line.

Starters Aaron Smith and Brett Keisel are 35 and 32, respectively, and the former has suffered season-ending injuries three of the last four years.

Heyward, who played four seasons at Ohio State, recorded 94 tackles and 10 sacks in his 2009-10 seasons.

He had six tackles and a sack in Ohio State`s 31-26 win over Arkansas in the Sugar Bowl last January. Heyward excelled despite playing much of the game with a serious arm injury.

"I think he`s capable of doing it all," Steelers coach Mike Tomlin. "This is an impeccable young man."

Heyward tore ligaments in his elbow in the second quarter against the Razorbacks, and he underwent reconstructive surgery on Jan. 12. Limited at the NFL Scouting Combine in February, Heyward worked out for teams at Ohio State`s Pro Day on April 6, and he checked out medically with the Steelers.

"If minicamp started (Friday) I`d be there," Heyward said of his elbow.

Heyward lived in Monroeville for a couple of years growing up, and both of his parents went to Pitt. His grandparents live in Highland Park, and he has several aunts and uncles living in the area as well.

Heyward has already completed the requirements for the degree in education that he will officially receive in June. When asked what kind of player the Steelers are getting, he said, "A team-first kind of player that`s very accountable."

The Steelers are flying Heyward up from Atlanta Friday so they can officially introduce him to the Pittsburgh media.

Scott Brown can be reached at sbrown@tribweb.com or 412-481-5432.

Read more: Steelers select Ohio State's Heyward in first round of NFL Draft - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/print_734608.html#ixzz1Ksqdy5PH

Buddha Bus
04-28-2011, 11:46 PM
I'm excited for the future of our d-line now! I was getting worried with the aging of Keisel, Hampton and Smith (as well as Smith's injury proneness). Now with the emergence of Ziggy coupled with the pick of Heyward, things are looking up. Now we just need a fat man in the middle to plug things up. :thumbsup:

04-29-2011, 08:08 AM
One of our areas of need, may not be the top area, but still a need. Glad to hear that Heyward was one of the 30 special players they felt were in this draft. Definitely one of the top 3 5-tech in the draft behind Watt and Jordan. I was so happy to see the Jets take Wilkerson, leaving Heyward for us. Now let's go get a corner or two and a an OL in the next 3 Rds and I'll consider this draft a success. But if value is there at a different position that fills a depth need like FS/SS or WR and they go that direction, than I'm good w/ that as well.

04-29-2011, 08:14 AM
would love to see williams, harris or dowling fall to us in round 2, if not then im fine with a big ot to block for ben,

maybe oline is never addressed because of good ben is at getting away, but he wont be around as long as he could be if he doesnt stop getting pounded

04-29-2011, 08:20 AM
In stunner, Steelers take Heyward
Friday, April 29, 2011 12:10 AM
Written by Bob Smizik

The Steelers pulled a stunner late last night in the first round of the NFL draft. With cornerback considered their top priority, and with only three players already taken at that position, the Steelers instead opted for a defensive end who has deep Pittsburgh bloodlines with the 31st pick in the draft.

With cornerbacks Aaron Williams of Texas and Brandon Harris of Miami available, the Steelers selected Ohio State's Cameron Heyward, the son the legendary Ironhead Heyward.

To bypass what was considered their biggest need and to take a player who plays a position that was their No. 1 draft choice just two years ago, the Steelers clearly loved Heyward, who is 6-5, 294 pounds and born in Pittsburgh.

Not only did they pass on two cornerbacks but also highly regarded offensive tackle Derek Sherrod of Mississippi State.

``I think he’s capable of doing it all," said Steelers coach Mike Tomlin of Heyward. ``This is an impeccable young man.''

Kevin Colbert, the Steelers director of football operations, said, ``We feel this is one of those special players I talked about the other day. It's hard to find a hole with this guy. This is a special moment."

Here’s a scouting report on Heyward.

Ironhead Heyward, who died in 2006 at 39, was a standout running back at Pitt and the first-round draft choice of the New Orleans Saints in 1988. Ironhead was the proverbial wild and crazy guy, who did some things off the field he wasn’t proud of. He also had an enormous heart and a ready smile and was wildly popular with teammates and media.

As this story indicates, Cameron looked up to his father, but walks a much straighter path.

``I know he's watching," Heyward said of his father. "I'm going to try to do everything to make him proud of me and live his legacy on."

Cameron Heyward’s mother, Charlotte Blackwell, is a Pittsburgh native and a Pitt graduate. His grandmother is Judy Jordan, a former Pittsburgh school teacher, who still lives in the city.

The Steelers return three starting defensive ends next year so there will be little pressure on Heyward to make a major contribution. But two of the ends are up in age. Aaron Smith, who missed significant playing time in 2009 and 2010 with injuries, will be 35 next season. Brett Keisel will be 33. Ziggy Hood, the team’s No. 1 draft choice in 2009, started and played well in place of Smith last season.

Defensive end figured to be one position the Steelers would not be seeking first-round help. Cornerback and offensive tackle were believed to be their greatest needs. If a defensive linemen were to be taken, the conventional wisdom was it be a nose tackle, where there is no heir apparent to Casey Hampton, who will be 34.

But the Steelers loved Heyward, and with the reputation the franchise has and with his Pittsburgh background Heyward is thrilled to be a Steelers.

"I've always loved the team, I'm from there ... To be somewhere you want to be is an unbelievable feeling," he said.

It would figure the Steelers will be looking for cornerbacks or offensive lineman when the second and third rounds of the draft are conducted tonight. But based on their first-round pick form is not holding in this draft.

Lady Steel
04-29-2011, 08:32 PM
maybe oline is never addressed because of good ben is at getting away, but he wont be around as long as he could be if he doesnt stop getting pounded

Thus the reason it is imperative our o-line needs to be addressed, but we are getting there.