2012 NFL Mock Draft: Mel Kiper Calls Dont'a Hightower 'Borderline' First Rounder

One of the more popular names you will see projected to go to the Steelers in Mock Drafts across the Internet is Alabama inside linebacker Dont'a Hightower. Hightower could step in immediately and help fill in for the departed James Farrior, while solidifying the starting group of linebackers; an essential part of the defense that the Steelers want to run. There has been some concern that Hightower might not make it to No. 24 overall, but Mel Kiper actually sees it another way.

Borderline first-round pick means that Hightower should probably be available when the Steelers pick. But we all know how unpredictable the first round of the draft can be, especially towards the back end, where teams start to get antsy.

Here is a little bit more information on Hightower, thanks to a draft preview from SB Nation.

For more on the Steelers, check out Behind The Steel Curtain. For more on the NFL Draft, there's Mocking The Draft. Here's SB Nation's latest mock draft.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SB Nation Pittsburgh

You must be a member of SB Nation Pittsburgh to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Pittsburgh. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Pittsburgh

You must be a member of SB Nation Pittsburgh to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Pittsburgh. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.