Ohio St.’s Heyward has “Sneaky Hot” NFL Draft Stock


In order to motivate his stud D Lineman Cameron Heyward, Ohio State Head Coach Jim Tressel gave him a list of all the defensive linemen that were leaving for the NFL.

“He broke it down that if you want to be great you have to aim high, just don’t be satisfied with being good enough, and I told coach Tressel, I want to be the best out there. I’m setting my goals high and  expecting more,” Heyward told me at Big Ten Media Day.

Amongst Big Ten star players Heyward is very overlooked. People talk about his teammate, QB  Terrelle Pryor first, last year’s offensive conference player of the year, Wisconsin‘s John Clay second.  On defense, the conversation usually turns to Iowa‘s Adrian Clayborn, and perhaps Michigan State’s Greg Jones.

But Heyward could have been picked somewhere in the #15-#25 range in the NFL Draft had he come out last spring. His stock is rising for 2011; even though people don’t often talk about him. He’s the “sneaky hot” player in the Big Ten. I guess you could call him the Pam Beesly/Jenna Fischer of college football.

By Paul M. Banks

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