BTSC 2011 Community Mock Draft Pick No. 33 -- New England PatriotsSelect Cam Heyward, DE, Ohio State

The first pick of the second round is in thanks to NYSteelersFan4. A logical choice no doubt, particularly since we had the Pats taking two offensive linemen in the opening round. Next up: the Buffalo Bills, represented by Steeler_. - Michael B. -

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"I’m hoping I have a little bit of pressure behind me because I want to perform well," Heyward said. "I wouldn’t have it any other way. If guys are expecting a lot out of me, so be it, because I’m a guy that’s going to produce and give it all I got." – Cameron Heyward

After effectively bolstering their offensive line by drafting Gabe Carimi and Mike Pouncey, the Patriots now turn to their young defense by drafting Cam Heyward, a DE/ DT from THE Ohio State University.

 

Cam Heyward -- DE -- Ohio State Univerity

Height: 6’5"

Weight: 295 lbs.

Background/Analysis:

 

Heyward has shown signs of being a dominant lineman, and selected by the right coach in the right system could become one of the best defensive linemen in maybe the deepest draft at the position in years. Cam was a four year starter and captain as a senior at Ohio State and should be versatile within a 3-4 defense, after playing both defensive end and defensive tackle under Coach Tressel and the Buckeye staff in their hybrid 4-3. Even though Heyward is not a great pass rusher, he is stout against the run, and is an instinctive player with a great frame and long arms (34 1/2 inches). While he is not the most athletic player, he is a good athlete for his size and has experience dropping back into coverage as well. The player OSU coaches describe as having the best work ethic strangely is scouted asoccasionally taking plays off, and his consistency is in question. Perhaps part of that is due to his ability to maintain double teams, something you expect any 3-4 end to do in the NFL. This would be less of a concern if he were drafted onto a team with strong coaching leadership, which clearly is in place in New England.

Heyward is coming off of Tommy John surgery so he was unable to work out for teams at the combine or Ohio State Pro-Day; he did however hold a personal workout for teams on March 30th. He did not attempt the bench, but notched a 4.95 40 yard dash and had a 35 inch vertical. Reports said he looked to be in good shape despite the long layoff and surgery, which is always good to her about a player coming off injury.

Watch the tape of him playing against Arkansas in the Sugar Bowl to see what type of player he could be (Youtube via mathew40):

 

Against Oregon in the Rose Bowl two seasons ago (Youtube via AloAloysius):

 

The Patriots continue this draft using the philosophy that games are won in the trenches. They draft a tackle of the future, Gabe Carimi, a guard/ center of the future in Mike Pouncey, and now a defensive end who should be able to open up room for their young linebackers in Cam Heyward.

BTSC 2011 Community Mock Draft Selections:

ROUND 1

  1. Carolina Panthers -- Cam Newton, QB, Auburn
  2. Denver Broncos -- Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama
  3. Buffalo Bills -- Von Miller, LB, Texas A&M
  4. Cincinnati Bengals -- Da'Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson
  5. Arizona Cardinals -- Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU
  6. Cleveland Browns -- 'The Snow Cone Machine' A.J. Green, WR, Georgia
  7. San Francisco 49ers -- Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri
  8. Tennessee Titans -- Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn
  9. Dallas Cowboys -- Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska
  10. Washington Redskins -- Robert Quinn, DE/OLB, North Carolina
  11. Houston Texans -- Aldon Smith, DE/OLB, Missouri
  12. Minnesota Vikings -- Tyron Smith, OT, USC
  13. Detroit Lions -- JJ Watt, DE, Wisconsin
  14. St. Louis Rams -- Julio Jones, WR, Alabama
  15. Miami Dolphons -- Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama
  16. Jacksonville Jaguars -- Brooks Reed , DE, Arizona
  17. New England Patriots -- Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin
  18. San Diego Chargers -- Ryan Kerrigan, DE/OLB, Purdue
  19. New York Giants -- Akeem Ayers, LB, UCLA
  20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College
  21. Kansas City Chiefs -- Martez Wilson, LB, Illinois
  22. Indianapolis Colts -- Cameron Jordan, DL, California
  23. Philadelphia Eagles -- Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado
  24. New Orleans Saints -- Justin Houston, DE/OLB, Georgia
  25. Seattle Seahawks -- Jake Locker, QB, Washington
  26. Baltimore Ravens -- Torrey Smith, WR, Maryland
  27. Atlanta Falcons -- Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa
  28. New England Patriots -- Mike Pouncey, OG, Florida
  29. Chicago Bears --Derek Sherrod, OT, Mississippi State
  30. New York Jets -- Muhammad Wilkerson, DT, Temple
  31. Pittsburgh Steelers -- Nate Solder, OT, Colorado
  32. Green Bay Packers -- Phil Taylor, DT, Baylor
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