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34. Dont'a Hightower

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34. Dont'a Hightower

When you play for a two-time National Champion in college like Don’t’a Hightower did at Alabama, how sweet is it to get drafted to another power like the New England Patriots?

Hightower was the 28thOverall Pick in 2012, and the All-American won the starting strongside Linebacker in training camp for Bill Belichick.  Hightower became a dependable part of the New England defense, later moving to the weak side, but always excellent in his role.   

A large part of the Patriots' success in the 2010s, Hightower helped New England win three Super Bowls, and he collected two Pro Bowls along the way.

Hightower is still with the Pats at this time, and he could climb this list if he builds on his past success.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Linebacker
  • Acquired: Selected in the 1st Round, 28th Overall in the NFL Draft 4/26/12.
  • Games Played: 102
  • Notable Statistics:

    99 Games Started
    1 Interception
    27 Interception Return Yards
    2 Forced Fumbles
    5 Fumble Recoveries
    32 Fumble Recovery Yards
    2 Fumble Recovery Touchdowns
    25.5 Quarterback Sacks
    505 Combined Tackles
    314 Solo Tackles
    191 Assisted Tackles
    42 Tackles for Loss
    63 Approximate Value

  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Super Bowl Champion (XLIX, LI & LIII)
    Second Team All-Pro (2016)
    Pro Bowl (2016 & 2019)

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