Dont'a Hightower   #54 OLB

Height: 6-3   Weight: 270   Age: 24

Born: 3/12/1990 Lewisburg , TN

College: Alabama

Experience: 3rd season

High School: Marshall Co. HS [Lewisburg, TN]

TCKL

97

SCK

1.0

FF

0

INT

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Combine 2012

Combine
Stats:

  • 40 Yard Dash4.68 Secs
  • Vertical Jump32.0 inches
  • Bench Press reps

Strengths

Hightower is lengthy and imposing lining up in the middle of a defense. He has long arms that he uses effectively to fight off blockers, dip and push to avoid trash at his feet, and keep balls close to him. He is not the most athletic mover in space, but he uses his arms to tie up receivers within his zone and hand fight tight ends off the ball. He is technically sound, although his style of play looks effortless. There are not many wasted motions in his movements, and he takes good angles to the ball when working both sides of the field. Although Hightower doesn't quite possess the speed to be a true sideline-to-sideline inside backer or be the sole tackler in the middle of a 3-4 defense, he uses his instincts well and remains in position.

Weaknesses

Hightower has a big frame and can labor at times to move in extended spaces on the field. He excels within the box but likely won't run down many scat backs at the next level. He is good to defend the pass in zone but struggles to maintain coverage in man after trying to disrupt at the line. Hightower struggles to flip his hips in man looks, and there are times when he has to change direction unexpectedly. He isn't heavy-footed, but he pursues the ball with a lot of momentum and can overshoot plays at times.

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