Pro Football Weekly draft analyst Nolan Nawrocki shared his thoughts on what the Chargers should do with the 18th pick in the draft. He mentioned players like Courtney Upshaw, Whitney Mercilus and Chandler Jones in his article, but concluded with Dont’a Hightower as the best fit for the Bolts:
But honestly, if I had my choice of anyone in the draft, it would be Dont’a Hightower from Alabama. He’s done it before, I think he’s very safe, he’s got the leadership presence you want, he can kick inside if you need him there. He’s very versatile, very tough, very underrated, and he’s not being widely considered as a true rush linebacker because he didn’t play it all the time at Alabama, but I think he’s better than Upshaw and far safer than any of the other prospects mentioned. If I were San Diego and I had a chance to land him — which I’m not so sure they will — he’d be the one that I would be most interested in. – Pro Football Weekly
Hightower played inside linebacker during his career in Alabama. He was the leader of the defense and has the versatility to play outside or inside.
I honestly wouldn’t mind drafting him over Upshaw. We can move him all over the defense and still ask him to get after the quarterback. The guy loves to hit!
Upshaw and Hightower are there at 18, who would you rather have?