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Posted by Tyler Dunn, March 10th 2012, 9:32 am EST

6’2, 265lb.

Those numbers are impressive for an athletic linebacker coming out of college.

But they aren’t the only impressive traits Dont’a Hightower possesses.

Hightower attended national championship winning Alabama University, where he was schooled in many defensive schemes and positions by Head Coach Nick Saban.

Playing mostly inside linebacker, Hightower was signal caller for the Crimson Tide defense. A defense which was responsible for some of the most memorable performances in college football this past season; culminating in the BCS national title game where the Tide shut out Les Miles’ Louisiana State.

The junior has also effectively performed at outside linebacker and defensive end.

Enter Dick LeBeau and the Steelers.

Pittsburgh is known for it’s versatile and championship caliber defenses. And with the team releasing James Farrior, the roster is in need of an inside backer. Larry Foote is serviceable, but if the position is not addressed soon it will become a problem in the near future.

If Hightower is available at pick #24 of the NFL draft, where the Steelers will be selecting their first round pick, they should call his name.

His versatility would provide the defense with another unpredictable weapon. Like the team’s other stud inside linebacker, Lawrence Timmons, Hightower could slide outside in a pinch and effectively rush the passer. This would make all four of Pittsburgh’s linebackers nearly interchangeable. That’s scary.

Not only is Dont’a excellent on the football field, but he is a good kid off it as well. Very smart and able to articulate his thoughts well. The Steelers love that in a player.

And it would be irresponsible not to mention Hightower’s uncanny resemblance to James Harrison.

The Pittsburgh Steelers have a tradition of drafting smart and talented players who transition well to the professional level. Hightower fits that mold.

A national champion with all the talent and intelligence necessary to play in LeBeau’s complex defense.

What more could the Steelers ask for?




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