In Mel Kiper's draft he has Upshaw (Al Linebacker) going 10th and Hightower is not in the first round at all.
I would honestly take Hightower over Burfict at this point. Burfict is high risk high reward, he could be a dominant player. Hightower is low risk, and still a pretty high reward. I mean the guy is 6'4 260, if he runs a good 40, he will open a lot of eyes. I think he could turn out to be the best player out of the two.
Hightower's 40 time will be very important, if he runs a 4.6 or so, he will be a first round lock.
Just finished watching some highlights of Burfict. With how high class our organization is and with Ray coming back I feel like Burfict could fit into our system perfectly without any mental breakdowns. Just let him go under the wings of Ray, Ed, Suggs, etc. and this man will be a STUD.
Hightower's weakness is pass coverage. I would only take Hightower if he fell to us in the 2nd. I would rather roll the dice on Burfict and go Oline if he is not available. Hightower is a good player but his skills are not what the Ravens need right now. I would not put too much stock in the BCS MNC game as Les went more conservative and predictable than Cam.
Hightower is the type of guy who can develop in coverage though. Terrell Suggs was a complete coverage liability when he entered the draft, but is now the most complete OLB in the league.
Hightower is not going to time well...in fact, most considered him overrated to a degree before that championship game performance.
I don't think he is going to be a first rounder...
Hightower is similar to Brandon Spikes and will probably be drafted around that point in the draft.
He has his issues, but they are all on the field issues. The pre draft process with him will be huge, talking to his coaches, seeing if he's a hard worker.
He was a huge reason, ASU fired Dennis Erickson. Just saying, i read an article that called him a coach killer.
I love our staff, because we go the extra mile, we talk to the coaches, teammates. We have to spend a lot of time with him work him out, see if he picks things up quickly... That's the key.
If we do our Job, and he turns out to be a hard working guy, with good football habits, who wants to get better, and loves football, that's the key, do they love football? If we can get all that stuff figured out, then by all means please draft this guy, because talent isn't the issue.
Another thing is his 40 time, really curious to see what he runs.
If we draft, or even want to draft burfict or not, it will be because of the pre draft work we do, with talking with his coaches, and doing our homework on him.
Another thing is if you believe the notion that Red Flags are real, and they are good signs of the future, then this kid has more Red Flags than the blood gang.
Wicked: do you really think Devon Still will be a good Pro? For some reason Penn State has produced some real bust defensive players as of late. (Maybin, Odrick, etc.)
Bowman and Sean Lee turned out well, seems to be the D-line that's not reliable to Draft.
If Burfict is there and they take him, then they are confident that either his issues are non issues, or are correctable by strong peer leadership. Peer leadership is the difference between the pro locker rooms and the college locker rooms.
If he's there and they pass over him for another backer, then we'll know they likely had concerns.
If he's there and we pass over him for an O-lineman or another position then it's inconclusive because they probably just had that player graded out higher.
I can't wait for the draft.
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