Biography: "Full-time starter the past two seasons, winning all-Conference honors after both campaigns. Totals last season included 48/13/3.5 after he had 46/10/6.5 as a junior. Son of former NFL running back Craig Heyward."
Positives: "Large, versatile defensive lineman who can be used in a variety of systems. Displays good first-step quickness, strength at the point of attack, and the ability to play off blocks. Flashes power, bull rushes opponents off the line of scrimmage, and displays a sense of knowing what's happening on the field. Gets a lot of momentum going up the field, displays the ability to chase the action out to the flanks, and possesses adequate skills in pursuit. Occupies blockers, allowing linebackers to make plays on the ball. Underrated athlete with solid speed off the edge."
Negatives: Must develop more moves with his hands as he is slow shedding blocks once engaged with the opponent. Marginal pass rusher.
Analysis: Heyward has been a forceful defender since stepping into the starting lineup as a junior. He is a defensive line prospect who offers tremendous potential for the next level and has the ability to start at several positions up front. The underrated Heyward is someone who should quickly produce at the next level.
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