2012 NFL Draft Results: New England Patriots select Alabama ILB Dont'a Hightower

With the 25th pick in the 2012 NFL draft, the New England Patriots select Alabama Crimson Tide linebacker Dont'a Hightower. Hightower is rated as the second-best prospect at his position behind only Luke Kuechly and is the No. 20 player overall, according to Mocking The Draft's rankings.

Dan Kadar had trouble finding anything wrong with Hightower's game, as the linebacker's instincts and athleticism are considered top-notch. He was particularly impressed with Hightower's run-stuffing ability.

Run defense: In this year's draft, there is no better run-stopping linebacker between the tackle than Hightower. He's stout at the point of attacks and a great tackler. Wraps his arms, lowers his shoulder and drives through the ballcarrier. Has the foot quickness to break down in space and take down speedy running backs. NFL-ready strength in run defense. Has good leg drive to push linemen backward.

For more on Hightower, be sure to check out the SB Nation blog Roll 'Bama Roll. For lots more on the 2012 NFL Draft, please visit Mocking the Draft. Also be sure to check out Hightower's draft profile via SBN's YouTube Channel below.

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