Ohio State DE Cam Heyward on his Tommy John surgery: “I’m not a pitcher, so hopefully I’ll be back sooner.”
After spending all day discussing potential defensive end prospects with scouts and talking to the players themselves at the Senior Bowl practices, so many people mentioned one name: Cameron Heyward.
The Ohio State defensive end, who destroyed Arkansas in the Sugar Bowl with his best game ever, might be the best true five-technique (3-4 DE) in the draft. At 6-foot-5, 288 pounds with a strong body and a high motor, he is the prototype.
Considering the Patriots may be looking in that direction in the first round, I wished I could talk to Heyward, who had bowed out of the game because of elbow surgery. And, then he walked by with his agent, Pat Dye Jr.
So Heyward stopped and chatted, talking about the Patriots (he could be available at 17) and providing an update on his elbow surgery. Want some updates?
“I’m rehabbing,” Heyward told me. “I had surgery on my elbow after the Bowl game, Tommy John surgery, basically. But I’m not a pitcher, so I should be back a little sooner (laughs).”
What is his plan now?
“Just rehabbing, doing cardio, and running around, doing as much agility and getting ready for the Combine,” Heyward said. “Hopefully, I’ll be able to do some stuff at the combine. Not benching, but hopefully other stuff. I’m a five-technique, I play a little bit of three-technique and six-technique, as well. But my thoughts on the draft, I’m happy to go wherever. The Patriots obviously want a five-technique, I feel like I could help them. I’m a very versatile guy that can play any position and hopefully I can contribute to any team possible.”
You’ll read more tomorrow, but Heyward did discuss his star turn in New Orleans.
“I think it was a heck of a game,” he said. “I was lucky enough to be in some spots at the right time, but I went in with the mindset, play my best game of the season. Obviously, I did.”