Cameron Heyward: 97th
This one doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me. Cam Heyward is clearly a player that deserves to make this list after a recent dominant stretch, but he falls near the bottom at 97 of 101 players.
Here is Monson’s reasoning behind this selection:
"97. DI CAMERON HEYWARD A former first-round draft pick, Cameron Heyward had a slow start to his career because of the talent and depth the Pittsburgh Steelers had along the defensive line. When he got a chance to step up and be the guy up front, he took his game to another level and has been one of the best interior players in the game. His best three seasons have come in the past three years. And he is coming off the best year of his career, one in which he broke 90.0 in overall PFF grade for the first time and was arguably the best interior lineman not named Aaron Donald."
Though Heyward got off to a slow start to his career that began in 2011 (7.5 sacks in his first three seasons), it was all uphill from there. The former first-round pick gradually made a name for himself and has recently had three straight Pro Bowl seasons and two All-Pro selections.
Jurrell Casey (96th) was just above Heyward on this list.
Though you may not agree with all of their rankings, it’s good to find these six Steelers on this list. It will be interesting to think about which players have a chance to make the All-Decade team in the 2020s.