Alabama Linebacker Makes A Visit With The Chargers


An Alabama linebacker made a visit with the Bolts and it wasn’t Courtney Upshaw. It was the man in the middle and the leader of the Alabama defense, Dont’a Hightower (Alex Marvez).

There are a few people that prefer Hightower over Upshaw (me included). Here is the scouting report on Hightower from NFL Mocks:

Pros:

 Good size and build…intelligent…knows his assignments well and has become a student of the game..agility has improved significantly after being more than a year removed from his knee injury…plus at shedding blocks from offensive linemen…very physical and aggressive can chase down faster quarterbacks…Scheme versatility (could play 4-3 in some NFL schemes probably better fit as a 34 LB)…plus blitzing skills…lays punishing hits…respected by his teammates for his leadership ability

Cons:

The biggest concern is probably whether or not he can cover well enough to be a three down linebacker in the  N.F.L.

Medical Concerns are shrinking but still there (bad knee injury in 2009), Hightower was apprehensive following his knee injury in 2010 and his production suffered. This year he has returned to form and exceeded,  many expectations. 2011 Butkus award finalist and possibly the most valuable linebacker in the draft. Has great size and never comes off the field on defense. The most improvement he has made thus far is his mobility; Dont’a has been able to improve his lateral movement down the line to chase down plays from the backside and cover backs and tight ends he couldn’t otherwise handle in 2010.

If we do draft this guy, you better get your police academy quotes ready! “Of all the guys who I thought were gonna make it, Hightower was the one. I mean, if all the cops looked like him there’d be no crime at all.”

I can see this happening in the first round.

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  • Calum

    :) If only we could trade down with NE and get their picks…. It’ll never happen but Hightower then Smith would just be my perfect scenario!”Of all the guys who I thought were gonna make it, Hightower was the one. I mean, if all the cops looked like him there’d be no crime at all. ” 

  • Calum

    :) If only we could trade down with NE and get their picks…. It’ll never happen but Hightower then Smith would just be my perfect scenario!”
    Of all the guys who I thought were gonna make it, Hightower was the one. I mean, if all the cops looked like him there’d be no crime at all. ” 

  • http://boltbeat.com/ epadaon

    can we also call him Tackleberry if we draft him!?!?! 

  • BoogaP

    I still want Perry but I had said a while back that he could be the guy.  I would be happy with him in the first.  It’s the guys that we aren’t talking about wanting that make me nervous, Ernie.  Where’s that “AJ diamond in the rough” waste of a pick hiding at.  Who is it?
     
    I know you feel me on that!
     
    BTW, 9 days!

    • http://boltbeat.com/ epadaon

       @BoogaP i know exactly what you are talking about… and am so scared about that pick

  • sdboltzfan

    What about getting a de? Our LB crew is pretty stout this year, with Barnes, Johnson, Spikes, Butler, Sp. Mouton, Maybe English, I would think adding a dominant de would serve us better (pressure wise). Am I wrong here? Having Perry, Garay, and Lugiet on the line sounds awesome to me. Then trade up for Smith. What do you guys think?

    • http://boltbeat.com/ epadaon

       @sdboltzfan getting a defensive end makes sense too. if brockers or something like that is available, i could see us making that move. 

      • joeynicks

        I have read people being really “weary about brockers.” I dont know why though.

  • RussellGrant

    This would make me happy.  Hightower seems like all sorts of mean.  The perfect inside linebacker

  • olaoberg

    Id like this pick. Even if some other “needs” are a concern. Butler and Hightower developing nice and beeing a second wall behind the dline for 10 years. Ill take it

  • ThomasBell

    I think the Chargers are leaning towards trading down in the draft and select SS Harrison Smith in the late 1st round. Then in round 2 they could get OLB Ronnell Lewis and a CB in the second.

  • joeynicks

     @epadaon  I would love it, Bama’s defense was DISGUSTING! They won the big game, and he’s an SEC defenisive player! I think I would DIE Ernie! We need a leader, a guy on defense who won’t hestitate to lay the hit down he has potential to be the next big thing. Although the knee injury scares me a little bit, I am confident in Hightowers ability to play at the next level. “I was a florist, ya know flowers and S_ _ _!” lol THIS COULD BE REALLY FUN!!!! lol