Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 4/6/12
The Patriots don't need Alabama linebacker Dont'a Hightower to fill an immediate hole on the depth chart, but he's a quality football player who provides top-notch leadership. Patriots head coach Bill Belichick loves to zig while the draft analysts zag, so it wouldn't be completely unpredictable if he jumped on Hightower given he survived until the end of the first round. Hightower is the focus of the sixth installment of a 26-day series that will highlight draft prospects who could land with the Patriots at the end of April. Maybe the prospect fits perfectly in the range of their 27th...

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