New England Patriots select Dont'a Hightower No. 25 in 2012 NFL Draft

TUSCALOOSA, AL - SEPTEMBER 24: Dont'a Hightower #30 of the Alabama Crimson Tide tries to pump up the crowd against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 24, 2011 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The New England Patriots are being aggressive and the rest of the NFL should be very afraid. For the second time in the first round, the Patriots moved up. This time, the team gave up picks 31 and 126 to the Denver Broncos for pick No. 25.

In doing so, the Patriots were able to grab Alabama's Dont'a Hightower, the most sure-thing 3-4 inside linebacker in this year's draft. Hightower is a much better version of Brandon Spikes. The Patriots can use Hightower inside and rushing the passer from the edge. It's a dangerous pick.

Quick scouting notes: Is a powerful and imposing physical presence and has the strength to easily shed blockers. Getting through a pile isn't an issue for Hightower. Was lined up outside at times and has the strength to power through blocks.

For more on the New England Patriots, check out Pats Pulpit. Get more from SB Nation at their 2012 NFL Draft StoryStream here.

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