Dont'a Hightower Scouting Report
Dont'a Hightower
Dont'a Hightower - Alabama (HT: 6-4 - WT: 260)
Combine 40: N/A - Pro Day 40: N/A - Position Rank: 3 of 5

Positives: Big body and strong build, is a very physical player with the frame to disrupt plays at the line of scrimmage... Good leadership qualities, has the respect of his teammates for attitude both on and off the field... Is not afraid of contact and is very intense on the field and at practice, can make explosive hits... Diligent in the film room, knows where he is supposed to be and generally maintains responsibilities... Does not get out of position often, is rarely fooled by misdirection plays... Good at taking on blockers and not getting pushed away from plays, maintains hand control when being blocked, which allows him to get a hand on the ball carrier with a blocker in his face... Has experience blitzing off the edge, adequate at bull-rushing blockers into the backfield... Is good at using big frame to plug running lanes and take on blockers in the hole.

Negatives: Durability a major concern, tore ACL in 2009, which is a worrisome injury for a player with his bulk... Has not put up very impressive stats, even when healthy (one sack, one forced fumble, no interceptions)... Does not possess elite speed, even for his size... Can be slow to diagnose plays, but makes up for that flaw by knowing his assignments and sticking with them... Size and stiff hips a major drawback in pass coverage, decent in zone coverage, but not a man-to-man defender by any means... Does not go sideline to sideline very well, takes inconsistent pursuit angles that can take him out of plays... Not really a playmaker, and will most likely not make many game-changing plays in the NFL.

  149 61 88 10 1 1 0 0 0
2008 Alabama   64 26 38 0 1 0 0 0
2009 Alabama   16 5 11 4 1 0 0 0 0
2010 Alabama   69 30 39 0 0 0 0 0

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