Hightower, a 6-foot-4, 260-pounder who recorded 85 tackles for national champion Alabama, left school after his junior season and is projected as a late-first or early-second round pick. Ranked No. 16 on the National Football Post's NFL Draft Big Board, Hightower is primarily viewed as a hard-hitting run-stopper, but has also shown decent skills in coverage.
Hightower finished his junior season with 11 tackles for loss, four sacks, one interception, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. The strong campaign was enough to restore his draft stock after a torn ACL ended his 2009 season prematurely.
Along with tight end, linebacker is likely one of the primary positions Tom Coughlin's staff will look to upgrade during the draft.
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