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45. Cameron Heyward

An All-American and Rose Bowl winner at Ohio State, Cameron Heyward was taken 31stOverall in the 2011 Draft, but it has been in the last three years where he has really shone and earned a spot on this list. 

The Defensive End was a back-up in his first two seasons, and in 2013, he finally became a starter at LDE.  From 2013 to 2015, Heyward was arguably a middle-of-the-road Defensive End, and after a torn pectoral held him to seven Games in 2016, he seemed to have put it all together afterward.

Heyward was a First Team All-Pro and Pro Bowler in 2017, where he had 12.0 Sacks and 16 Tackles for Loss.  A Pro Bowler again in 2018, Heyward repeated his Pro Bowl/First Team All-Pro dual honor in 2019 with 83 Tackles, 9.0 Sacks, and a 17 in Approximate Value, which was seventh overall that year.  Heyward was a star again in 2019, going to his second First Team All-Pro, and 2020 saw consecutive Pro Bowl number four.

Still a Steeler, Heyward has been a four-year run of greatness, and is rapidly climbing one of the more prestigious top 50 lists we have,

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Defensive End
  • Acquired: Selected in the 1st Round, 31st Overall in the NFL Draft 4/28/11.
  • Games Played: 149
  • Notable Statistics:

    114 Games Started
    1 Interception
    6 Forced Fumbles
    5 Fumble Recoveries
    9 Fumble Recovery Yards
    58.0 Quarterback Sacks
    451 Combined Tackles
    287 Solo Tackles
    164 Assisted Tackles
    86 Tackles for Loss
    1 Kick Return
    11 Kick Return Yards
    88 Approximate Value

  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    First Team All-Pro (2017 & 2019)
    Second Team All-Pro (2020)
    Pro Bowl (2017, 2018, 2019 & 2020)

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