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OLB Donta Hightower - New England Patriots

6-2, 265Born: 3-12-1990College: AlabamaDrafted: Round 1, pick 25

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Summary

Hightower has quietly emerged as a core player for the Patriots. While often overshadowed by the more flashy Jamie Collins, he has carved out a role for himself in passing downs due to his contributions as a blitzer. Hightower isn't great in coverage, but he is a thumper between the tackles who also has enough range to chase down some plays. Given that he hasn't reached 60 solo tackles in either of the past 3 seasons, his fantasy value is limited but he's also been held back by some injuries. When healthy, he should make a quality 4th LB in most balanced scoring systems. (August 7)

FBG Staff Rankings

OLB Redraft - 43, 28, 45
Overall Redraft - 78, 59

Stats and Projections

YEARGTKLASTSCKFFFRINTPDTD
2013 NE 16 55 42 1 0 0 0 3 0
2014 NE 12 52 38 6 1 0 0 2 0
2015 NE 12 51 10 3.5 0 1 0 2 0
2016 PROJ-Rudnicki 16 64 * * * * * * *
2016 PROJ-Norton 16 79 * * * * * * *

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