Dont'a Hightower is visiting Steelers today

April, 12, 2012
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Alabama inside linebacker Dont'a Hightower is having a pre-draft visit with the Pittsburgh Steelers today.

Hightower is the popular pick to go to the Steelers in the first round. His leadership ability (a two-time captain at Alabama) and experience in the 3-4 defense makes him a strong candidate to replace James Farrior, who was cut by the Steelers this offseason.

Taking Hightower with the 24th overall pick makes sense for the Steelers. But I don't see this as a slam-dunk choice. The Steelers could look at offensive line and cornerback in the first round as well.

For more about Hightower, click on the video for Todd McShay's "Draft Minute" on him.

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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