The agent for Alabama linebacker Dontâa Hightower believes his client will be chosen in the mid-to-late first round of the NFL draft, according to The Asoociated Press.
Other teams with later first-round picks interested in the 6-foot-2, 265-pound linebacker include the Ravens, Patriots and Giants, said Dye. He added that teams have commented on Hightowerâs ability to line up at defensive end in three-man fronts.
Hightower, almost an instant starter for the Crimson Tide, was a finalist for four national awards last season and had career highs in tackles (85) and sacks (four).
Evaluators have expressed concerns about Hightowerâs speed after he missed most of his 2009 season with a knee injury. He opted not to seek another year of eligibility from the NCAA.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.