On the decline
2. Cameron Heyward, DE, Ohio State
Heyward, the son of former NFL running back Craig "Ironhead" Heyward, was expected to challenge for a high first-round pick, but his play slipped significantly as a senior. He could well fall into the second round.
Heyward (6-5, 280) is a well built and athletic end who flashed the ability to play strong at the point of attack agaisnt run blocks and as a bull rusher, but far too often as a senior he had minimal impact on games. At times, he was pushed around against the run.
He never was viewed as an impact pass rusher, but as a junior he showed a decent job of driving blockers into the pocket to disrupt the quarterback's timing. This year, he struggled vs. the better offensive tackles.
Heyward still is a big, strong and athletic end, but his play as a senior has caused his stock to drop. He now likely will be drafted between No. 25 overall and No. 45.
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