In response to DeadAhead's comment:
Mt Hurl is on record knee jerking another decision (lol) with his calling Hightower a bust as #54 plays out of position and being saddled with the Mayo responsibilities, where that position gets little glory. We've seen TCal also not understand how BB uses LBs here as well, trolling our board.
But, Reiss has pointed out how athletic Hightower is for his size. I happen to agree. At 270LBs in this era, he shouldn't be a MLB.
Sounds like Hightower has all the skills, he just needs to be at the right position to grow in the league. His rookie year last year was very good, too. But, a bust? Mt Hurl has some explaining to do.
As stated, he's more of a 3-4 OLB to me, but can probably get by as a 4-3 OLB as well.
Q. Hi Mike, in addition to enjoying a big Patriots win, I also took notice of Dont'a Hightower's play. I think this game gave Pats fans a glimpse of what he can be. He was mostly solid against the run. His coverage drops were much better. What really impressed me was the middle-pocket pressure he could generate when he rushed the passer. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that his best is yet to come. -- Gary (East Hanover, N.J.)
A. Gary, this was one of Hightower's best games of the season. That drop in pass coverage to set up Logan Ryan's first interception is a big-time play for a defender who is 268 pounds. Rare athleticism. And as for the help generating pressure in the pass rush, one play stood out to me in that area: The Patriots' final fourth-down stop with 6:36 remaining when he came on a blitz and running back Bernard Pierce attempted to cut him. Hightower leaped over him and briefly fell to the ground before getting up and forcing Joe Flacco to basically throw the ball away. Impressive work.
i tried to warn you about hightower. the guy is going to be a pro bowl caliber player. watching him at alabama for a few years i was pumped when they drafted him. hes had to move around because of the injuries and has had to learn on the fly. great athlete smart and plays hard.
just kidding about warning you rusty i know you were not one of the people here calling him a bust lol. on a side note im excited to see more of collins as he develops more. hes a freak of an athlete.