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Dont'a Hightower - #54 - LB

Status Active
Height/Weight 6' 3"/ 270 lbs.
Birthday 03/12/1990
Birthplace Lewisburg, TN
College Alabama
Years played 2
Drafted 2012, 1st round, 25th pick by Patriots

STATS, LLC 2012 STATS

Tack FF Int
60 0 0

Bledsoe voted into Patriots Hall of Fame

Posted May 16, 2011 @ 3:29 p.m. ET
Former NFL QB Drew Bledsoe has been voted into the Patriots Hall of Fame, the team announced on Monday.

RB Ridley, the Patriots' forgotten pick, ready to contribute

Posted May 11, 2011 @ 5:58 p.m. ET
The Patriots used the 73rd overall pick to take RB Stevan Ridley, their second back selected in the draft. Ridley's name was lost in the shuffle when QB Ryan Mallett was chosen next at No. 74.

Patriots No. 9 pick scouting report: DB Malcolm Williams, TCU

Posted April 30, 2011 @ 8:42 p.m. ET
The Patriots spent their final pick of the 2011 draft on another defensive back, Malcolm Williams, who admitted he was surprised to get the call.

Patriots place focus on long term

Posted April 30, 2011 @ 7:08 p.m. ET
One year after drafting a class that contributed right away, Bill Belichick went with purely developmental prospects in 2011.

Patriots comfortable with pass rushers on roster

Posted April 30, 2011 @ 4:51 p.m. ET
It was pretty much a consensus that a pass-rushing defensive end or outside linebacker would be high on the Patriots' priority list heading into the draft, but clearly, Bill Belichick didn't view it that way.

Patriots No. 8 pick scouting report: OLB Markell Carter, Central Arkansas

Posted April 30, 2011 @ 4:39 p.m. ET
It took until their eighth pick, and the 29th pick of the sixth round before the Patriots addressed their need for an edge rusher by drafting Markell Carter out of Central Arkansas.

Patriots No. 7 pick scouting report: TE Lee Smith, Marshall

Posted April 30, 2011 @ 3:03 p.m. ET
The Patriots drafted another player who will develop and likely not see the field much in 2011, Marshall TE Lee Smith.

Patriots No. 6 pick scouting report: OT Marcus Cannon, TCU

Posted April 30, 2011 @ 2:03 p.m. ET
The Patriots made another value pick by drafting Marcus Cannon in the fifth round, a player who was once projected to go late in the first round.

Ask the experts: Best trade of the draft's first two days

Posted April 30, 2011 @ 12:02 a.m. ET
PFW editors offer their take on the team that made the best trade in the first three rounds of the 2011 NFL draft.

Fantasy outlook: QB Ryan Mallett

Posted April 29, 2011 @ 11:41 p.m. ET
One of the most surprising picks of the draft was QB Ryan Mallett heading to New England, and he won't have any fantasy value for a couple years.

Fantasy outlook: RB Stevan Ridley

Posted April 29, 2011 @ 11:37 p.m. ET
Similarly to Shane Vereen, Stevan Ridley could get some touches in Bill Belichick's rotating backfield, but he will be hard-pressed to get fantasy points.

Fantasy outlook: RB Shane Vereen

Posted April 29, 2011 @ 11:25 p.m. ET
California's Shane Vereen gets the first shot to be a member of Bill Belichick's split backfield in New England, which automatically diminishes his fantasy value.

A stunning pick, but Mallett makes a ton of sense for Patriots

Posted April 29, 2011 @ 10 p.m. ET
Ryan Mallett's slide through the draft ended with the Patriots, and Bill Belichick may have completed another Draft Day steal.

Patriots make third trade; get Raiders' '12 second-round pick

Posted April 29, 2011 @ 9:28 p.m. ET
The Patriots made their third trade of the 2011 NFL draft, trading their third- and fourth-round picks this year for the Raiders' 2012 second-round pick.

Patriots No. 5 pick scouting report: QB Ryan Mallett, Arkansas

Posted April 29, 2011 @ 9:13 p.m. ET
The Patriots made maybe the draft's biggest surprise by taking Arkansas QB Ryan Mallett with the 74th overall pick.

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