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Officially on the Donta Hightower Bandwagon

Discussion in 'NFL Draft' started by Bolts4lyfe, Apr 17, 2012.

  1. Bolts4lyfe

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    Good size and build…intelligent…knows his assignments well and has become a student of the game..agility has improved significantly after being more than a year removed from his knee injury…plus at shedding blocks from offensive linemen…very physical and aggressive can chase down faster quarterbacks…Scheme versatility (could play 4-3 in some NFL schemes probably better fit as a 34 LB)…plus blitzing skills…lays punishing hits…respected by his teammates for his leadership ability


    He also Has the ability to rush the passer as an OLB or play inside
    And most importantly a team leader

    I also see us Trading back to get him which will get us the ammo to shoot up for Smith

    then If we had:

    Hightower
    Smith
    Pass Rusher in the 3rd
    CB in the 4th
    OL,RB, DL with the other 4 picks
     
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    I have a hard time believing he'll fall pass Pittsburgh much less Baltimore. He is very talented but i don't know where or how he'd fit in our group. We have a full house at ILB and quite a few already at OLB.
     
  3. Buck Melanoma

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    Spikes is what? 75? :p

    Seriously - Hightower would be a stud in this D. Not too many guys coming out of college with his experience in a 3-4. I've loved him long time. :D
     
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    I like how his highlight reel opens with 8 consecutive plays where the QB successfully got the ball off.
     
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    LOL.

    If we did trade down and pick up Hightower I wouldn't be massively disappointed because at least it's us getting a decent player and an extra pick, and at least it isn't AJ wasting it on the most pointless selection possible or a second round prospect in the middle of the first round.
     
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    But could you see if they were completed? Pressure can be just as successful as a sack.
     
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    Exactly Our Pass Rushers had a hard time last year even getting a whiff of the opposing QB's, just imagine if an ILB could help apply pressure as well
     
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    You're absolutely right, and no, I couldn't see whether they were completed. I just found it interesting that they put 8 plays together to open the reel where the QB avoided the sack. I have no idea what Hightower's capabilities are to be honest, but if he's an elite playmaker in the middle of the field then I wouldn't be disappointed if we drafted him, especially if we traded down first.
     
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    Elite? That may, in all honesty, be overstating his abilities right now. He could well get there. But steady, hard-working, productive, instinctive, & a leader? Yeah, I think he has ALL of that in spades. I was really high on him before he got injured & it appears that he made it all the way back from that.

    Spikes would take him under his wing & create a monster. :tup:
     
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    Watching games,and tape of Hightower. He reminds me of another Alabama ILB that came out in recent years
    . Demeco Ryans. Leader, Exceptional instincts, Great tackler, and a student of his craft.
     
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    Hope he's better in a 3-4 than Ryans was
     
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    Since that's what Alabama has run as their primary scheme during his entire time there, I believe he will be.

    I'd certainly take Hightower over Barron, regardless of our need at safety.
     
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    When People ask why Pittsburgh and Baltimore are so good on defense, I like to think its because they draft players lie Hightower
     
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    I'd say it's because they draft aggressive A-type defenders with lots of high round selection, and haven't really missed on very many of them in the last 10-15 years. Also, they've had some wildly talented DCs forever.
     
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    ILB/OLB is not of greater need right now than safety, and Barron is a very good strong safety
     
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    Isn't Barron exactly the kind of SS we don't need? He's big and athletic, yes, but isn't man coverage, which is our greatest need from a SS, his worst skill set?

    The team needs to acquire a talent at safety, but getting one that doesn't do what we need him to do isn't a fantastic way to advance our talent pool.
     
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    I would note that Barron was successful when asked to cover in his junior year, his senior year he wasn't asked to cover as much. Furthermore it looks like he can cover most tight ends even man to man, he just can't cover many slot receivers, but that's why you have a nickel corner
     
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    The drop-off from Barron to H.Smith is minimal. Barron gets a bunch of hype because he plays in the SEC for a powerhouse. Put him on the ND team where he isn't surrounded by talent & see how he looks.

    Barron is rated the #1 safety this year because of a weak safety class, NOT because he's such a standout.
     
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    All I know is The first pick The Chargers will make will most likely be an Alabama player

    Hightower, Barron, Upshaw, Kirkpatrick
     
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    He looks like a very intense player, but I'd hope we wait till it's our turn, see who's available, and then possibly move back to 22nd before selecting Hightower. I imagine that he can be had as long as we stay ahead of Pittsburgh.
     
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    Interesting note; what happens with Poe and Hightower on the board for pittsburgh? They are even more desperate than we were two years ago for a nose tackle. That might be more important than an ILB like Hightower
     
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    Agreed
     
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    I think they'd take Poe & let him learn for a year under Hampton's tutelage. They can find LB'ers - Pittsburgh always has LB'ers. ;)
     
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    I don't see Poe getting past Pittsburgh either, but where he goes is a diceroll. I don't think teams are looking at Poe and saying, "Haloti Ngata". He's had so many articles written about him lately trying to guess where he's going to go simply because it's such a question mark as a result of his amazing combine and complete lack of college production. Pittsburgh definitely needs to address the NT position. The question is whether they would see Poe as a better player than Hightower, because I don't think the Steelers draft need.
     
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    Hard to say. I'd take Poe for their team. They have the discipline in that squad to get the most from him.

    For us, I'd have to go Hightower. He's already a hard worker & established player.
     
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    Not a big fan if Poe nor Fletcher Cox....just saying.
     
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    OK, that's it.

    You're grounded, young man. :devilish:
     
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    Hahaha oh hell.....I mean...I love Poe, and Fletcher Cox!! Future HOF's!!!!! Lmao!
     
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    You yellow bellied spineless gutless lil chicken! :-p

    Cox idk enough about honestly, Poe is flash but little substance. Falls far enough though he'd be worth the pick.
     

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