Dont'a Hightower has agreed to terms with the New England Patriots, according to Pro Football Talk. Hightower, a 6'3, 270-pound linebacker out of Alabama, is the last of the Pats' 2012 NFL Draft picks to sign with the team. He was selected with the 25th overall pick in the first round.
Pats agree to terms with first-rounder Dont'a Hightower, per league source.— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) July 18, 2012
Hightower was a consensus All-American during his senior season with the Crimson Tide. He recorded 83 total tackles with four sacks while leading the Tide to a national title. Hightower should help shore up a New England defense that ranked 31st in the league in total defense, and 24th allowing 4.6 yards per carry on the ground.
The details of Hightower's new contract have not yet been disclosed.