Posts Tagged ‘Don’ta Hightower’

Dont’a Hightower: Patriots Rookie Reset

Thursday, July 26th, 2012
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Dont'a Hightower and the Patriots - the perfect fit. (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Editor: Doug Kyed

“The System.”

You often hear about players that potentially fit the Patriots complex defense, well they found a good one when they traded up to take Dont’a Hightower 25th overall in the 2012 NFL Draft.

Hightower has great position versatility, but where exactly will he fit in the Patriots hybrid defense?


2012 Training Camp Preview: Linebackers

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

Can Brandon Spike stay healthy for an entire season?

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

Training camp starts on Thursday and we begin to wind down our positional previews by taking a look at the linebackers on the current roster.

The Patriots have assembled a talented and young linebacker unit, mainly using high draft picks on the position. With roster spots limited, the linebackers along with the defensive backs, will be the toughest position to cut down.

Who will make the final 53 and will any surprise cuts occur?


Who Is Dont’a Hightower’s Player Comp?

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012
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Looks like a Patriot to me.

NEPD Editor: Doug Kyed

The Patriots added seven players this weekend during the NFL Draft. I can understand having positive or negative feelings on six of them, but not one.

You have to love the selection of Dont’a Hightower.

Recently while talking to my co-workers about how the Patriots fared in the draft, I compared Hightower to a current Patriots player, though it may not be an obvious choice.


2012 Draft: Patriots Pick by Pick Breakdown

Monday, April 30th, 2012

The Patriots got a 2nd Round Cornerback in the 7th Round with Alfonzo Dennard.

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

The 2012 NFL Draft is in the books and now that all the dust has settled it’s time to take an in depth look at what the Patriots came away with over the three day draft. In typical Patriots fashion, some picks were met with excitement and some left you scratching your head. What was the rationale behind each pick? How does each player fit in with the Patriots current roster?

Continue reading for a breakdown of each selection and of course my opinion on each one of them.


2012 NFL Draft: 1st Round Aftermath

Thursday, April 26th, 2012
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Dont'a Hightower and Chandler Jones are going to make a lot of Patriots fans very happy.

NEPD Editor: Doug Kyed

Well that didn’t go as expected.

But really, that’s what you have to expect with the draft and especially this Patriots team. All the Patriots fans wanted impact players that could help them win next season, and I think they should be happy.


2012 NFL Draft: Patriots Trade Up for Dont’a Hightower (LB, Alabama)

Thursday, April 26th, 2012
Dont'a Hightower Patriots Draft

Dont'a Hightower is the newest Patriot.

NEPD Editor: James Christensen

With the 25th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Patriots traded up with the Denver Broncos and selected former Alabama linebacker Dont’a Hightower. The Broncos received a 4th round pick for moving down from the 25th to the 31st pick.


NEPD Mailbag: Too Long For Twitter

Friday, April 13th, 2012
Luke Kuechly NFL Draft

If Luke Kuechly fell to #27, should the Patriots take him?

NEPD Editor: Doug Kyed

How would I handle the Patriots draft? Who are the best kick returners in this draft? Would the Patriots take Luke Kuechly if he fell to #27?

Those are some of the questions I’ll be answering in my weekly “Too Long For Twitter” Friday mailbag where I take questions from Twitter that warrant, deserve or need answers longer than 140 characters

If you have a question about anything, tweet it to me @DougKyedNEPD, and I’ll try to include it in the column on Friday. If you aren’t on Twitter, feel free to throw in a question in the comments section.


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