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.
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