Discussion in 'Draft Zone' started by rooler, Jan 10, 2012.
Dont'a Hightower*, ILB, Alabama
Height: 6-4. Weight: 260.
Projected 40 Time: 4.85.
can play OLB
I bet maybe a lil OLB, ILB, and DE in a 4-3
Yes he could and I'm all for it, he is the #3 OLB on my list. I have read were many scouts say he is a better NFL 3-4 OLB than Upshaw.
My 3-4 OLB list as of noe is
Me thinks that Mr. Hightower can play anywhere on the the front 7 he wishes (ok, except NT). The kid is a pure baller and has great instincts. I was impressed with both he and Upshaw last night - but, the scary thing is, as much as I believe Upshaw lived up to his billing last night, Hightower looked even better.
He does play on the outside on passing downs, he did so last night and was able to force a fumble from the LSU QB as he swiped the ball out of his hands as he was in the process of getting the sack
Projected 40 time of 4.85? That would be ok for a DE, but Linebackers with that kind of time usually don't get drafted in the top 3 rounds.
lets wait till the combine, these projections are BS
Yeah with the kind of versatility each one of Hightower and Upshaw show, both would make a really good fit for Ryan's D since he moves players around so much. Would also give us a chance to move around Carter presnap if he wins a starting job.
Since they both have vast experience in the 3-4, both could be a plug and play. If we could get either with a second round pick, we should do backflips, but both will probably work themselves into the first round and might even workout well enough to be considered at #14.
nice info SDogo
Suggs and Harrison ran in the 4.8's.
Aldon Smith 4.7, didn't stop him from getting to the Qb, it's not 40 yards to the QB.
40 is so overrated for 3-4 OLB.
You know, I remember saying I wanted Upshaw in the first round as a replacement for Spencer, based on what I'd seen watching Alabama play this year. I actually had him mixed up with Hightower, not realizing that they played him outside at times.
I watched the game last night, and was somewhat impressed with Upshaw, but you're right. He's not that explosive, whereas Hightower is.
Hightower makes plays all over the field and shows up when ever needed.
I wasn't very impressed by Upshaw - he will not be the pass rusher we covet. He doesn't have enough burst.
I really liked what I saw from Hightower. He was very active and powerful. It seems like he has a great feel for the game. I'm not sure how he will time but I think he'd be a big upgrade over Spencer. According to most mocks #14 is too early for him.
He'd be a candidate in a trade-down, though.
If the draft were this week, perhaps it would be. Who knows how those boards will look in 3 1/2 months.
40 times are overrated for everyone but even more so for anyone other than WR and DB's who really need the make up speed and speed through breaks.
I really like Hightower, not only is he a playermaker but he is also the QB of that defense. One of the reasons people knock his speed is because he tore his ACL 2 years ago and was slow recovering from that, but he is over it now I believe. People look at the sack numbers and think that Upshaw is better, but they don't realize he's also asked to rush the QB more. Hightower had as many PBU as Robert Lester did this year, 1 less passes defended, and both players blocked a kick. Upshaw didn't do that.