Is Hightower even fast enough to stay on the field on 3rd down? Spikes certainly isn't. The Pats biggest weakness last year was was 3rd down defense. I suppose Hightower could compete to play 4-3 end on 3rd downs as well as Jones. Tarpinian is our only above average coverage linebacker on 3rd downs, and he can't stay healthy. Hopefully we get another coverage linebacker in the second round tonight, like Brown. Otherwise I think the Pats will continue to get picked apart on 3rd downs. Am I missing something? Hightower is a great player, but I don't recall many people clamoring for another big ILB as a top need for the Pats.