The Baltimore Ravens have never had problems producing linebackers in the past. With Ray Lewis at the helm, the Ravens have been able to get the most out of the position. Names like Dannell Ellerbe, Jameel McClain, and Albert McClellan aren’t well known by a national audience, but they have lived up to their underdog status and performed well when needed to. As Ray Lewis reaches the end of his career, the Ravens are going to need another stud in the middle.
ILB Dont’a Hightower, Alabama
Junior; 6-4, 260; 79 tackles, 3 sacks, 1 interception
Coming off of a BCS National Title, Alabama inside linebacker Dont’a Hightower looks to continue his success in the NFL. Hightower looks to be a great fit into a 3-4 defense and also shows a natural pass rush ability. His big stature, high football IQ, and nose for the football puts him into a rare breed of linebacker. In the new era of football, bigger linebackers have started to take a back seat to smaller and faster players.
Hightower is a monster at 6-4, 260 pounds and looks to become a powerful presence on the football field. However, his durability remains a concern because of a knee injury that he suffered in the fourth game of his 2009 season.