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Old 01-13-2012, 10:03 AM    (permalink
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He's probably best as being the 3rd man in a rotational role with the 2 other starting ILB's in a 3-4 scheme. That's why I'd love him on the Cowboys because we already have Sean Lee and Bruce Carter.

Hightower isn't the fasted guy in the world, but he brings a lot to the table. His size is incredible, he has great pass rushing ability for an inside linebacker, and he comes from a winning program that had a great defense. Intangibles like that go unnoticed. He obviously knows what it takes.

I doubt he'll be a perennial all-pro, but in the 2nd round he will be a hell of a pick. He would be a great Robin to someone else's Batman in a 3-4. He'd thrive in a situation like NaVarro Bowman is next to Patrick Willis. He'd also work perfectly in a 3 man rotation at ILB in a 3-4 scheme. I don't know how high you can spend a pick on that though, but I'd love for the Cowboys to take him.
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Old 01-16-2012, 05:16 AM    (permalink
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I am a steeler fan and I don't want him. I don't think he can play on passing downs. I don't think you can afford to draft two down ILB in round one anymore.
He'd be moved to DE/OLB on passing downs as a rush specialist.

Part of me likes him, but there are plenty of plays that he isn't giving 100%. He clearly has his stretches in the game where he can play with the best of them. I think he'll go in round 1, but i'd rather have him late in round 2 like Brandon Spikes. (the stats he puts up seem more like a product of him always being around the ball and not actually making plays)

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brandon spikes was also rumored to be a 5th round guy considering he ran an ali highsmith-like poor time and he was still a second round pick.
Before the combine, the vast majority of people had McClain as the #1 LB, but some had Spikes above McClain. After the combine, his stock fell quite a bit but I don't ever remember it being "5th round" bad.
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I think he's gonna be a stud. Yes he's somewhat limited in what you can ask of him in coverage, but as a zone defender who can read what's in front of him I think he's more than serviceable. He's got a great feel for underneath routes and is a much better athlete in space than being credited for. As far as the run game, he's a monster. When he comes downhill you know **** is about to get blown up. He's so powerful and understands how to use his hands, he'll have no problem stacking and shedding at the next level. I was also very impressed when he had to work laterally on outside runs, his closing speed is rare for someone that size.

Then when you consider he was the leader of that Bama defense, who's displayed throughout his career the knack for making the big play.

Big time player, I actually like him more than I did Rolando McClain.
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Old 01-17-2012, 08:04 AM    (permalink
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I think most questions rised regarding Hightower because he gained a lot of weight after his knee injury. He has only slowly gotten into better shape and while he looked fine this year, you always wondered about him being a bit heavy.

I think a lot depends for him how he looks at the Combine and in what shape he shows up. Instincts, strength and intagibles are top notch.
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Old 01-17-2012, 09:24 AM    (permalink
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For whatever reason, when I watched Hightower, images of Kendrell Bell came to mind. In that Bell was a incredibly powerful LB that just seemed to not go 100% all the time. Especially after the Chiefs gave him a big contract.

I like Dont'a when he does go 100% because he's hell on wheels. But, IMO, too many times he just doesn't seem all the way into it.
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Old 01-17-2012, 09:30 AM    (permalink
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He'd be moved to DE/OLB on passing downs as a rush specialist.

Part of me likes him, but there are plenty of plays that he isn't giving 100%. He clearly has his stretches in the game where he can play with the best of them. I think he'll go in round 1, but i'd rather have him late in round 2 like Brandon Spikes. (the stats he puts up seem more like a product of him always being around the ball and not actually making plays)



Before the combine, the vast majority of people had McClain as the #1 LB, but some had Spikes above McClain. After the combine, his stock fell quite a bit but I don't ever remember it being "5th round" bad.
http://draftcountdown.com/forum/show...brandon+spikes

pretty mixed reviews actually. i still liked him in the 2nd to the steelers
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Old 01-17-2012, 09:44 AM    (permalink
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He's a 3-4 ILB. He'll be a good one, but I can't see him lasting in the 4-3. He's a 2 down thumper.
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Old 01-17-2012, 09:51 AM    (permalink
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i could still see the giants taking him at the bottom of the first as a thumper. Boley is our main cover LB and I think Hightower could be a pretty good 2 down MLB
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