2011 NFL Draft - Pittsburgh Steelers
Ohio State DE Cameron Heyward
Ohio State DE Cameron Heyward
Posted Apr 30, 2011

Pittsburgh Steelers - AFC North, 2011 Draft Selections & Prospects

Pittsburgh Steelers

2011 NFL Draft Analysis
1st Round (1-5) | 1st Round (6-10) | 1st Round (11-15) | 1st Round (16-20)
1st Round (21-25) | 1st Round (26-32) | 2nd Round | 3rd Round
4th Round | 5th Round | 6th Round | 7th Round | Top Free Agents

2011 NFL Draft Team Analysis - AFC
EAST Buffalo | Miami | New England | NY Jets
WEST Denver | Kansas CityOakland | San Diego
NORTH Baltimore | Cincinnati  Cleveland | Pittsburgh
SOUTH Houston | Indy | Jacksonville | Tennessee

2011 NFL Draft Team Analysis - NFC
EAST Dallas | NY Giants | Philadelphia | Washington
WEST Arizona | San Francisco | Seattle | St. Louis
NORTH Chicago | Detroit | Green Bay | Minnesota
SOUTH Atlanta | Carolina | New Orleans | Tampa Bay 

- 2010 Pittsburgh Draft Breakdown

First Round
DE Cameron Heyward, Ohio State 6-5, 294
Overall Pick No. 31 CFN Overall Ranking: 26

With Da'Quan Bowers still on the board, the Steelers went with the more versatile Heyward. Pittsburgh gets the benefit of the doubt when it comes to finding tremendous defensive lineman, and Heyward, while not a speed rusher, will be used in a variety of ways to fill in the gaps, especially in a rotation, both inside and out. It's a good pick at the right slot, but there are plenty of other big-time players on the board, like Bowers, Martez Wilson, and several offensive tackles, who'd be better immediate fits.

The son of former NFL star running back Craig "Ironhead" Heyward, Cameron has the strength and he has the athleticism to be the ideal 3-4 end. The problem is his lack of consistency. He should be great all the time, and when the lights were turned on and he was challenged, he dominated. The Buckeye line was being maligned two years ago, and he came out and destroyed Wisconsin. In the 2011 Sugar Bowl against Arkansas, he spent most of the evening sitting on Ryan Mallett's head. His size and his football talent make him almost a sure thing not to bust, but he's not a pure pass rusher and he doesn't get off the ball in a hurry. While he'll probably be a rock-solid ten-year starter, he's not going to be a Pro Bowl dominator and there's a hard ceiling on how good he can be.
CFN Projection: Second Round

Second Round    
OT Marcus Gilbert, Florida (OG) 6-6, 329
Overall Pick No. 63 CFN Overall Ranking: 141

He's a huge tackle who can play at either one of Pittsburgh's tackle spots, and this will be a benfit of the doubt pick. If anyone but the Steelers took him here, it would be a reach, but they know how to get the most out of their linemen and they'll work Gilbert into a role. Don't be shocked, though, it he ends up at guard in the next few years.

CFN Analysis: Enormous, the guy is a house and impossible to get around with long arms making him even tougher to get the edge on. While he's probably going to be a guard in time, he has just enough quickness to take a shot at tackle. The problem is that he doesn't play up to his size and his toughness is questionable to be a killer of a run blocker. Someone will want him because of his size and girth, but he needs a fire to be lit under him to reach his potential.
CFN Projection: Second Round

Third Round   
CB Curtis Brown, Texas 6-0, 185
Overall Pick No. 95 CFN Overall Ranking: 109

Yet another good Texas defensive back, he might not be a shut-down defender that the Steelers can stick on the outside, but he's a good all-around athlete who's a good, sound veteran. He's not a No. 1 guy, but he doesn't have to be. He's the type of player who makes big plays at the right time in the system, and he'll be a productive pick.

CFN Analysis: He's just not fast enough. He might be smooth as glass and he jumped out of the stadium with a jaw-dropping 39.5" vertical, but the 4.54 at the Combine didn't get the job done. Quick, tough, and athletic enough to be used as a kick and punt returner if needed, he moves without a problem and he effortlessly flies around the field. He'll get beaten up by the bigger receivers and he only made two picks in 52 career games, but he broke up 32 passes and he has the experience and skills to be a nice part of a good secondary. While he'll never be the main man, he'll be worth a long look as a No. 2 corner but will show his worth as a to special teamer.
CFN Projection: Third Round
Fourth Round   
CB Cortez Allen, Citadel 6-1, 197
Overall Pick No. 128 CFN Overall Ranking: Unranked

CFN Analysis: With excellent size and good enough speed to get by, he has the measurables and looked the part. He's quick as well as fast and is always working and always fighting; he'll always give an honest's day effort. He's not a run stopper and he seems to have problems with the smaller, quicker receivers, and he needs lots of time. He'll be good right away as a nickel back and in a rotation, but he needs to learn the position a bit better to be in the mix for starting time.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

Fifth Round    
OLB Chris Carter, Fresno State (DE) 6-1, 248
Overall Pick No. 162 CFN Overall Ranking: 164

CFN Analysis: Fresno State had no pass rush whatsoever without Carter. Fast off the ball and a force at getting into the backfield, he's a disruptive force who can be used as a smallish defensive end or as a long, very strong outside linebacker. With a great fire for the game and good character, he's coachable and will do whatever is needed. He's not great against the run and he doesn't have the elite athleticism needed to be a situational pass rusher, so it might be hard to find a regular spot for him. Consider him a poor man's Von Miller, but with a better motor.
CFN Projection: Third Round

Sixth Round   
OG Keith Williams, Nebraska 6-5, 318 (C)
Overall Pick No. 196 CFN Overall Ranking: 222

CFN Analysis: A good-sized prospect who can slip in at center and handle himself well, he has the body and he's not afraid to use it to provide a big push for the ground game, but he doesn't look the part in drills. He doesn't move well, it take him forever to get out of his stance, and he struggled in off-season workouts.
CFN Projection: Free Agent

Seventh Round   
RB Baron Batch, Texas Tech  5-9, 200
Overall Pick No. 232  CFN Overall Ranking: Unranked

CFN Analysis: Very quick and with great hands, he's an ideal third down receiver who was better than he gets credit for as a runner. Give him a little bit of space and he can crank out 5-to-7 yards per crack. Always hurt and not a blazer, he's not the most dependable of prospects, but he can find his niche as a playmaker who keeps the chains moving on pure passing downs.
CFN Projection: Free Agent