Connor Heyward
Connor Heyward  RB  Michigan State | NFL Draft 2022 Souting Report - Portrait Image
Connor Heyward
Height
5-11
Weight
233
College
Michigan State
Position
RB
Class
Senior
Home town
Duluth, GA
72.5/100
Player Rating
36
PositionRank (RB)
4.72
FortyYD Time
Rush YDs
7
Rush AVG
7
Rush TDs
Receptions
35
Rec YDs
326

Connor Heyward RB Michigan State | NFL Draft Profile & Scouting Report

Connor Heyward RB Michigan State
NFL Draft Profile & Scouting Report

ROLE: Third-Down Back
Last Updated: 02/21/2022
Draft Year: 2022
40 time: 4.72 seconds (8%*)
Age: 25.4 DOB: 01/22/1999
Measurables:
Height: 5-11 (57%*) Weight: 233 (93%*)
Hands: 9 1/2 (64%*) Arm: 31 7/8 (72%*) Span: 76 (77%*)
Forty: 4.72 (C) (8%*) Ten Yard: 1.63 (C) (27%*)
Vertical: 32.5 (C) (26%*)
Bench: 18 (P) (38%*)
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(C) - NFL Combine (P) - Pro Day (O) - Other (HS) -Estimated from High School Combine
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NFL Combine & Pro-Day Results
ROLE: Third-Down Back
Last Updated: 02/21/2022
Draft Year: 2022
40 time: 4.72 seconds (8%*)
Age: 25.4 DOB: 01/22/1999
Measurables:
0% 100%
Height: 5-11 (57%*) Weight: 233 (93%*)
Hands: 9 1/2 (64%*) Arm: 31 7/8 (72%*)
Span: 76 (77%*)
Forty: 4.72 (C) (8%*)
10 Yard: 1.63 (C) (27%*)
Vertical: 32.5 (C) (26%*)
Bench: 18 (P) (38%*)
(C) - NFL Combine (P) - Pro Day (O) - Other
(HS) -Estimated from High School Combine
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NFL Combine & Pro-Day Results
Overall Rating: 72.5 / 100
Average rating of opposition Defense player has faced
Defense Rating:
75%
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Rushing:
62%
Break Tackles:
82%
Receiving/Hands:
69%
Pass Blocking:
54%
Run Blocking:
49%
DRAFT PROJECTION: UDFA
Overall Rank: #328 Position rank: #36
College Games: 37 College Snaps: 1458
Grade: 3 ESPN  Stars 3 ESPN  Stars ESPN RATING: 79/100
College Combine Results
Grade: 247 Sports 3  Stars 247 Sports 85 Stars 247 RATING: 85/100
Grade: 3 Stars 3 Stars RIVALS RATING: 5.5 (90%)
Pittsburgh Steelers Drafted: ROUND: 6 - Pick Number: 208 (PIT)
Strengths
  • Demonstrated the ability to track the ball over his shoulder. Good flexibility and balance to adjust to the poorly thrown pass. Good vision and patience for screens.
  • Has good footwork for a back of his size with moderate quickness to avoid tacklers. Runs determined and has reliable hands.
  • Solid receiver in the flat, capable of running through tackles on the edge to move the chains. Flexible enough to catch passes thrown behind him.
  • Has quick feet for a big man with balance and toughness, but isn't explosive or shifty enough to make guys miss and lacks any dynamic qualities. If he embraces his powerback qualities, he could surprise as a short-yardage runner with solid hands.
  • Thick frame and runs with power, showing the leg drive to push the pile. Runs balanced and close to the ground with the natural strength to stay on his feet through contact as defenders slip off of him - load to tackle and runs through arm tackles.
Weaknesses
  • Has surprising burst for a back with his build but, despite some long runs over his career, has limited straight-line speed and can be caught from behind.
  • Loses momentum when he gears down to change direction and it takes him a few steps to accelerate back to full speed. Appears indecisive; will dance too much at the line of scrimmage. Lacks natural playmaking ability.
  • Has average speed and is slow to build to top speed with too much stiffness in his movements to make defenders miss. Size indicates he should break through tackles more consistently.
  • Too indecisive and hesitant at the line of scrimmage.
  • May not break away from NFL defenders. Has had fumbling issues and doesn't shift the ball to outside arm.

Connor Heyward percentiles vs other Running Back's (NFL Combine historically - higher value represents better perfomance)

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How other scouting services rate Connor Heyward (Overall Rank)

All Scouts AverageOverall Rank
279.8
All Scouts AveragePosition Rank
33.0
*Percentile Ranking in Player's Position Group (NFL Combine Historical Data): This percentile reflects how a player's specific statistics rank in comparison to historical performances at the NFL Combine, specifically within their position group. A higher percentile indicates a better performance. For instance, being in the 90th percentile for a particular stat means the player outperformed 90% of their peers in that category.

*Similarity Percentage: This percentage is calculated based on a comprehensive analysis of various factors, including height, weight, 40-yard dash times, on-field performance statistics, and overall player rating. The analysis is conducted against our database of draft prospects from 2021 to 2023. This similarity score helps in evaluating how closely a current prospect aligns with past prospects. It is important to note, however, that this score reflects similarities based on college production and attributes, and does not account for eventual success or performance in the NFL.