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Steelers and Dont’a Hightower can’t shake each other

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The draft process is usually something like a speed dating event where teams and players find themselves linked for short times before something happens to shake things up and everyone finds a new partner.

There are exceptions, but usually at the top of the draft where teams know exactly who will be around. With teams later in the order it is rare that they start the process linked to one player and never wind up shaking that player through the combine, visits and workouts.

That’s just what has happened with the Steelers and Alabama linebacker Dont’a Hightower, however. Ever since it became clear that the team would be parting ways with James Farrior, you heard them linked to Hightower as the choice with the 24th overall pick. Not much has changed. Other names have been listed as possibilities, but Hightower has been the constant and, usually, he’s at the top of the list.

Todd McShay of ESPN sees Hightower landing with the Steelers, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette calls him the best choice for the team and Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network calls them a “match made in heaven.” That doesn’t mean that things will play out that way, obviously, but there are plenty of signs pointing to Hightower calling Pittsburgh his home before Thursday night is out.

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29 Responses to “Steelers and Dont’a Hightower can’t shake each other”
  1. righthereisay says: Apr 26, 2012 3:57 PM

    This would mean that Wisenhunt and the Arizona Cardinals would pick him.

  2. eaglesfootballfan says: Apr 26, 2012 4:02 PM

    Would be a good pick for the Steelers

  3. holeinone09 says: Apr 26, 2012 4:06 PM

    I still hope they can get an OL with the top pick, but Hightower seems like a great prospect. If they take Hightower. maybe they pick up a quality lineman in the second or third round. Over the years, I have learned to trust the Steelers organization to make good draft choices overall. Yes there have been busts, but some of their drafts have been incredible.

    GO STEELERS!!

  4. realdealsteel says: Apr 26, 2012 4:06 PM

    Yes, his destiny is to be a Steeler. And we will make that happen. And then, we will punish the Ravens shortly thereafter.

  5. pittsburghsteelerz says: Apr 26, 2012 4:10 PM

    Only the uninformed mock Hightower to the Steelers…

    They have not drafted a true inside linebacker in the 1st round during the Super Bowl era. I won’t count Timmons as a true ILB, but even if you insist, that’s 1.

    Add to that the belief Hightower is a 2 down LB, it’s not happening.

  6. ncsteeler says: Apr 26, 2012 4:11 PM

    Of course there are all these “experts” having Hightower going between 10 and 15. Steelers would not spend the a 2nd round pick+ to get up there. If he fell past 20 that might be a different story.

  7. stiller9305 says: Apr 26, 2012 4:11 PM

    If Poe is still there they’ll take him …

  8. flybirdhaters27 says: Apr 26, 2012 4:11 PM

    This just in…the Baltimore Ravens have traded their 1st round pick to move up one spot in front of the Pittsburgh Steelers to draft Dont’a Hightower immediately after reading this article. Ray Lewis could not be reached for comment after reports of him hiding behind a tree holding a shank in his hand on the same golf course as Big Ben were grossly overstated and exaggerated.

  9. blackngoldimmortals says: Apr 26, 2012 4:14 PM

    He’ll be gone…the pick well be Kevin Zeitler. (G) What ever the pick is it’ll be a good one…..IN COLBERT WE TRUST!

  10. realitypolice says: Apr 26, 2012 4:14 PM

    realdealsteel says:
    Apr 26, 2012 4:06 PM
    Yes, his destiny is to be a Steeler. And we will make that happen. And then, we will punish the Ravens shortly thereafter.
    ==========

    Who’s we? What exactly will your contribution be to this process?

  11. datd00d says: Apr 26, 2012 4:16 PM

    WHY DOES EVERY STEELER FAN WANT THIS MAN?!?! Think about it…

    Why were the Steelers not successful (by Pittsburgh standards) last year? Because Ben was injured. Why was Ben injured? Because the O-line was horrendous.

    Where were the Steelers strong last year and every year? Defense. What is the strongest piece of the Steelers defense? Linebacking corps.

    Now, who do you want more:

    1) stud, potentially franchise offensive lineman to keep Ben upright

    2) above average 3-4 ILB prospect to pair with a LB corps that already includes pro-bowlers James Harrison, Lamarr Woodley, and Lawrence Timmons

    C’MON MAN!!!

  12. smodelrsx says: Apr 26, 2012 4:24 PM

    I love dont’a hightower as (our) pick. The more I think about it the more I like it. I was stuck on us getting o-line to help big ben stay up right but idk mann. Either way, I’m happy with whoever (we) pick. GO STEELERS!!

  13. jrobitaille23 says: Apr 26, 2012 4:28 PM

    I for one do not want the Steelers to take him. Farrior and Gay were the two glaring weaknesses on the D. They need a faster ILB to stick with TEs and be able to go sideline to sideline. I’d love to see them get NC’s Brown in the 2nd Round to address ILB. This team has got to address the O line first and foremost.

  14. mmlotus2012 says: Apr 26, 2012 4:32 PM

    realdealsteel: I am @ the Draft today through Early Sunday morning… As a “Guest” of The Pittsburgh Steelers Scouting Department, namely My Cousin Mark…

    Anyway.. The Steelers “Big Board” looks “EXACTLY” like this (as of 4 p.m.) >

    Round One: Cordy Glenn (OT/OG) Georgia

    Round Two: Mychal Kendricks (ILB) California OR

    Round Three: Doug Martin (RB) Boise State OR
    Brandon Brooks (OG) Miami (of Ohio)

    Round Four: Mike Martin (NT) Michigan OR (Kevin Colbert’s “Handwritten” Note: “The BEST Player available REGARDLESS of Position”!)

    Round Five: Possible Trade… Combining this Pick with Two Seventh Round “Compensatory” Selections For A Late-Third in This Draft
    OR a Late Third & Fourth Round Selection in 2013! (NOTE : Also “Handwritten!”)

    Round Six (& Beyond): ***DEPTH @ Safety, Wide Receiver & DEFENSIVE LINE!

    ***DEPTH-DEPTH-DEPTH***
    Respectfully Submitted,
    Michael S. Marshall
    “Temporary NYC Resident”

  15. dawhorsefeathers says: Apr 26, 2012 4:59 PM

    Looks like Deb will be investing in a new jersey.

    RTR

  16. csszrr says: Apr 26, 2012 5:07 PM

    @mmlotus2012 … hey dumb dumb. You cannot trade compensatory picks.

  17. ravenator says: Apr 26, 2012 5:11 PM

    It won’t matter. As usual, Oz > Colbert. Ravens will have a better draft than the Steelers, regardless of their pick position. Just look at the last three years, it’s been proven the Ravens draft better. Facts are facts, tough to swallow though I understand Pittsburgh.

  18. mswravens says: Apr 26, 2012 5:12 PM

    For anyone who actually is misled to believe that @mmlotus2012 knows something, the lie is apparent in the statement that Colbert wants to package the two 7th round compensatory picks to trade for a late 3rd rounder. Compensatory picks can’t be traded! I expect Colbert knows that, whereas a doofus like @mmlotus does not.

    Anyway, Hightower is the only guy I want for the Ravens in 1st round…even if we have to trade up to get him. Otherwise I hope we trade out of the round & get more 3 rd rounders like Yanda & Webb to continue to sweep the Steelers on an annual basis!!!

    That said – hope everyone has a great time with he Draft tonight & this weekend. Can’t wait for the games to begin!!!

  19. stuartscottslefteye says: Apr 26, 2012 5:13 PM

    Ravens won’t move up. And it would be a shame if the Steelers fail to address their offensive line woes, for yet another year.

    I wouldn’t worry about the Ravens. It’s the Bengals who are up-and-coming.

  20. dawhorsefeathers says: Apr 26, 2012 5:14 PM

    mmlotus2012,
    Why do your posts read like an email from a Nigerian dignitary offering me $150 million in exchange for my bank account info?

    And why would Mark share the Steelers big board with a “cousin” that will surely get him fired?

  21. stairwayto7 says: Apr 26, 2012 5:18 PM

    to mmlotus2012:
    Cordy Glenn will be a bust! He takes plays off and no quick first step.
    Doug Martin will be gone on 1st round to either s.f. or Giants.

  22. blackngoldimmortals says: Apr 26, 2012 5:23 PM

    @mmlotus2012- nice try buy they can’t trade compensatory picks. Colbert said it himself at the pre draft press conference.

  23. ibleedblackngold says: Apr 26, 2012 5:23 PM

    Almost starting to sound like a smokescreen to cover the guy we truly covet. I would love to see the Steelers take a guard because Legursky is too small to be a permanent starter. Regardless, I trust in Colbert, Tomlin, and the other decision makers so I will be on board with whoever we take. I have been looking forward to this weekend for a while so Happy Draft Day PFT Planet

  24. Deb says: Apr 26, 2012 5:27 PM

    I’ve been crying for a first-round offensive lineman–and that’s still what I see as our chief need.

    But …

    As a lifelong Bama fan who’s watched every minute of Dont’a’s career with the Tide, I’d be thrilled to have that talent come to Pittsburgh.

  25. nickster31 says: Apr 26, 2012 5:41 PM

    mmlotus2012 says: Apr 26, 2012 4:32 PM

    realdealsteel: I am @ the Draft today through Early Sunday morning… As a “Guest” of The Pittsburgh Steelers Scouting Department, namely My Cousin Mark…

    Round Five: Possible Trade… Combining this Pick with Two Seventh Round “Compensatory” Selections For A Late-Third in This Draft
    OR a Late Third & Fourth Round Selection in 2013! (NOTE : Also “Handwritten!”)

    ******************************************

    I REALLY hope that the Steelers know better than this, because everyone knows that according to NFL rules, teams can not trade comp picks.

  26. Deb says: Apr 26, 2012 6:55 PM

    @dawhorsefeathers …

    Oooh … if that comes about, I just may be!

    ROLL TIDE!! GO STEELERS!!

  27. dontstabmeray says: Apr 26, 2012 7:50 PM

    ravenator says:Apr 26, 2012 5:11 PM

    It won’t matter. As usual, Oz > Colbert. Ravens will have a better draft than the Steelers, regardless of their pick position. Just look at the last three years, it’s been proven the Ravens draft better. Facts are facts, tough to swallow though I understand Pittsburgh.
    ________________________________

    mmmm….if Oz>Colbert then why have the Steelers been to 3 Super Bowls and the Ravens to none in the last decade? Your math doesn’t make sense ravenator, but don’t worry we understand as math doesn’t make sense to most 7th graders.

  28. erniecohen says: Apr 26, 2012 10:39 PM

    Well well… PIT raised their hand to shake with Hightower, and continued all the way up to their hair. PIT fans are sighing in relief that they got DeCastro instead of Hightower or Poe.

  29. kjding13 says: Apr 27, 2012 1:16 PM

    So not only did the Steelers get Decastro but the Ravens didn’t get Hightower…what a beautiful draft day!!!

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