Alabama LB Dont\’a Hightower To Meet With The Steelers Saturday Night

Yet another young draft hopeful that has been linked to the Pittsburgh Steelers for some time now is linebacker Dont\’a Hightower from the University of Alabama. The linebacker group was center stage Saturday at the 2012 NFL combine, along with the defensive linemen group, and Hightower got his turn to talk to the media in the afternoon. During his media session Hightower said he measured in on Saturday at 6 foot 2 and weighed 265 pounds. He announced that he hopes to run a 4.6 in 40-yard dash when he takes the field Monday at Lucas Oil Stadium according to Scott Brown from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Hightower let it be known that he has meetings scheduled tonight with the Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens and that he has already talked to Steelers linebacker coach Keith Butler since arriving in Indianapolis. He added that he has talked to a couple of the Steelers scouts since arriving and is looking forward to talking to Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin according to Ken Laird of the Trib Live Radio. He told the media that he can play both inside or outside as either a linebacker or defensive end and is a fit in either a 3-4 or 4-3 defense and that he feels he\’s as good as anyone in Indianapolis this week at either position.

When asked about the possibility of playing for the Ravens, Hightower said that playing next to Ray Lewis and Terrell Suggs would be a “dream come true” and said they were idols of his. He also named Steelers linebackers James Harrison and LaMarr Woodley as players that he looks up to.

It is not surprising that Hightower has the interest of both the Steelers and the Ravens as he is considered one of the top inside linebacker prospects in the draft. The Steelers are long in the tooth inside with both James Farrior and Larry Foote entering their final years under contract and one of them could be gone before the start of the season to free up additional salary cap space. Due to the complexities of the Dick LeBeau 3-4 defense, it is unlikely that Hightower would see much time on the field outside of special teams play his rookie season, should the Steelers end up drafting him, but he could start to be groomed to see a much bigger role in 2013.

The Crimson Tide Pro Day is March 7th and you can expect that the Steelers brass will be present to watch his workout.

  • Eric87

    I think this could be an interesting move draft day. From what I have heard, this kid could be a beast next to Timmons.

  • Intropy

    Hightower looks to be a buck, right? That would fit the Steelers well since I think Timmons is more suited to play mack.

  • Joe D

    265# seems to be a bit heavy for an ILB that is only 6’2″… curious as to his quickness (shuttle and other events)
    OLB is a possibility…

    But round 1 should be an OL player…
    Round 2 CB
    Round 3 NT
    So, I hope Steelers don’t use an early pick for him!!

  • I think this kid would fit very nicely with the Steelers defense…we can always use more youth and more power. And I would hate to see him go to the stinkin’ Ravens.

  • Daddeeekip

    I agree if its Cordy Glenn if not my money is on Hightower. He will be the new leader of the defense when he takes over IF the Steelers draft him.

  • JerryCola

    If there is one player from this draft I hope is wearing the black and gold next year, it is Hightower and I sure hope the Ravens don’t trade up before us to grab him.

  • Steelersownage

    We will have to trade up to get him, it would be worth it though.

  • James

    I’m not sold on Glenn at all and I don’t like the idea of us drafting him. We need an ilb desperately as father time has caught up with Farrior.
    I think Hightower is only a 2 down player – good against the run but needs to improve against the pass.

    Also a CB in round 2? Very slim chance we take a corner that high after taking Brown & Allen in the 3rd & 4th last year.