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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. (May 27)

FBG Staff Rankings

OLB Redraft - 46, 29, 44, 54
Overall Redraft - 79, 59
OLB Dynasty - 77, 60

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 64 * * * * * * *

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Latest News

Patriots | No deal close for three Patriots players (Sun Jul 17, 06:02 PM) - New England Patriots LB Jamie Collins, LB Dont'a Hightower and CB Malcolm Butler are all entering the final year of their contracts, but none of the players appear close to a contract extension at this point.

Our View: The Patriots have some interesting decisions to make in the future. We feel Butler may be the first to get a new long-term deal, but this is the Patriots and they move in mysterious ways. If Butler is done during the year, the team could then use the franchise tag on either Collins or Hightower.
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