PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Steelers selected defensive end Cameron Heyward from Ohio State with the 31st pick in the NFL Draft, infusing more youth into a position that has been aging in recent years.
Hayward becomes the second defensive lineman selected by the Steelers in the first round over the past three seasons. Pittsburgh took Ziggy Hood from Missouri at No. 32 overall after winning the Super Bowl in 2009.
The reigning AFC champions have starters at all three positions on the defensive line who have made at least one Pro Bowl — but all are 32 or older. End Aaron Smith is entering his 13th season and was limited to only six games last season due to left torn triceps injury.