TRADE: With the 25th pick in the draft, the Patriots select…
Dont'a Hightower, inside linebacker, Alabama (6-4, 260)
It will be interesting to see how the Patriots use Alabama LB Dont’a Hightower because he’s got the versatility to play both inside and out in a 3-4 or 4-3 front. He’s a downhill guy who has a lot of natural pop on contact and can be effective as a pass rusher with his hand on the ground. Hightower will be able to line-up all over the defense and attack the passer from a number of spots.
NFL Ceiling: Versatile Pro Bowl-caliber backer
NFL Floor: Mismatch piece on third down