2012 NFL Draft: Steelers to Meet with Linebacker Dont'a Hightower

Todd Swoope@ToddSwoopeContributor IIIMarch 13, 2017

GAINESVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 01:  Dont'a Hightower #30 of the Alabama Crimson Tide attempts to tackle Chris Rainey #1 of the Florida Gators during a game at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on October 1, 2011 in Gainesville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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Alabama inside linebacker, and popular choice for the Steelers first-round draft pick, Dont'a Hightower is scheduled to meet with team officials today.

Hightower was a two-time captain while at Alabama and led one of the nation's most vaunted defenses during his tenure; he was also a consensus first-team All-American during his last year with the Crimson Tide.  He is probably best known for his dominating performance in the National Championship game, where Alabama played against LSU.

With the release of James Farrior, Pittsburgh created what many see as a need at inside linebacker. While it appears as though Stevenson Sylvester has been groomed to step in after his first three years, many experts are not so sure. Both Mel Kiper and Todd McShay both project Hightower to the Steelers, as well as many other mock drafts.

The meeting with the Steeler brass will no doubt fuel the possibility that come this fall, Hightower will be Black and Gold, but some experts don't believe this to be a certainty. Jamison Hensley, AFC North Blogger at ESPN.com, thinks that there are more pressing needs, and looking at the offensive line or corner position could also be a possibility.

If Pittsburgh does select Hightower though, they will be getting a player with leadership ability, experience in the 3-4 defense, and a presence on the field.