The Ravens won't get too fancy with this pick, though to select Dont'a Hightower they might have to trade up.
They are clearly enamored with Hightower, though, and they will be more than willing to trade up for him.
Is Hightower really worth the investment that the Ravens will have to make?
Though he's a solid football player, his upside is limited. At 1:16 in the video, for instance, Hightower gets completely washed out of the play. Then at 1:30, he completely whiffs in pass coverage.
His coverage really is a major liability, as he consistently gets beaten by Arkansas's running backs.
Against the run, Hightower is much more solid. While he can get beaten badly by more powerful offensive linemen, he generally has the size and strength to hold up well. His instincts are very solid in run support as well, as his big stuff at 3:26 shows.
While Hightower should be a decent linebacker, he will be relegated to being a two-down linebacker unless he develops as a pass-rusher. He is simply too much of a liability in coverage to become an elite linebacker.
Essentially, Hightower is not an ideal first-round prospect, but the Ravens interest is not a smokescreen. Of the prospects that they've had for pre-draft visits, Hightower makes the most sense at this point, so despite my reservations, that's probably the direction they will go.