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Heyward/Steelers Press Conference on Steelers.com

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Former Ohio State defensive lineman Cameron Heyward was selected 31st overall by the Pittsburgh Steelers Thursday night in the 2011 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

Heyward becomes the 69th Buckeye overall to be drafted in the first round and the 17th since 2000 – the second most among FBS schools during that span. He also is the 74th Buckeye to be drafted overall since 2000, the most among any FBS school. He is the 14th first-round pick in the Jim Tressel era.

Heyward was a Playboy All-American, a Lombardi Award semifinalist and a Lott Trophy quarterfinalist in 2010. A first team all-Big Ten selection by both the coaches and the media in 2010, Heyward started 46 career games, totaling 163 tackles, 37.5 TFL and 15.5 sacks. At the team banquet in December, Heyward was awarded the Bill Willis Trophy from coaches as the team’s outstanding defensive player in helping the Ohio State defense rank among the national leaders in several statistical categories.

Rounds 2-3 continue Friday evening beginning at 6 p.m. ET while rounds 4-7 will take place Saturday beginning at Noon.