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2012 NFL Mock Draft: New York Giants Linked To Dont'a Hightower

In the latest SB Nation NFL Mock Draft by Ryan Van Bibber, the New York Giants are grabbing outside linebacker Dont'a Hightower with the 32nd overall pick.

Hightower would make sense on a lot of levels. First, he's coming in from a defense that already runs a ton of pro style sets. Second, he was coached by Nick Saban who many ex-Alabama stars say is more demanding than their NFL coach.

Hightower would have to switch from a 3-4 scheme to a 4-3, but his skill set in some ways matches up better. He's never been a great pass-rusher, so he could focus more on covering backs and tight ends on passing plays.

Some feel he won't be a three-down player but even so, he could make a fine run stuffer on the second level.\

Many pundits believe Hightower will come off the board at the 24th pick to the Pittsburgh Steelers. If he falls all the way to the Giants, they would have to be thrilled.

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