The Pittsburgh Steelers selected Michigan State H-Back Connor Heyward with the 208th pick of the 2022 NFL Draft, the team’s sixth-round selection. The team is officially announcing him as a FB.
Heyward is about the least surprising pick the Steelers could’ve made. The younger brother of Cameron Heyward, Connor played RB at Michigan State before moving to TE/FB for his final season. Heyward had 211 carries for 825 yards and five rushing touchdowns. An accomplished and capable receiver, he caught 96 total passes, including 35 as a senior.
Heyward is also highly regarded on special teams. He’ll be a versatile option, primarily working as a fullback but capable of moving around the offense. He’ll compete with FB Derek Watt this summer.
Check out our profile on Heyward below. Here is how we summed him up.
“He’s not going to be a TE at the next level and he won’t be a full-time runner either. At the Senior Bowl, he largely worked as a fullback and that’s the best home for him. He can – and should – be moved around the formation and offenses need to take advantage of his versatility to wear lots of hats. “