Originally written on Pro Football Zone  |  Last updated 10/21/14

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 10: Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots is hit by Ray Lewis #52 of the Baltimore Ravens during the 2010 AFC wild-card playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 10, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The Ravens won 33-14. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Kevin Cowherd, a writer for the Baltimore Sun, as well as a syndicated author and talk show host for ESPN radio, wants the Baltimore Ravens to draft Dont’a Hightower as a possible successor to middle linebacker Ray Lewis. A member of the BCS National Championship team in Alabama, the high-motored 6-2, 265 pound Hightower had an especially strong senior campaign last season, recording 85 total tackles – including 11 tackles for loss – along with four sacks, an interception, four passes defensed, one forced fumble, and a blocked kick. Cowherd implores the Ravens’ general manager Ozzie Newsome to “go after” Hightower with everything he’s got. ”Don’t let this kid get away,” he pleads. Hightower is projected by many analysts as a mid to late first round selection, above the Ravens who currently hold the 29th overall pick. Ironically, a few analysts show Hightower going to the Ravens’ arch-rivals, the Pittsburgh Steelers, who hold the 24th overall pick.
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