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Patriots sign first-round pick Hightower

Foxboro, MA (Sports Network) - The New England Patriots signed linebacker Dont'a Hightower on Thursday.

Hightower was selected by the Patriots with the 25th overall pick in this year's draft.

The 6-foot-3, 270-pound Alabama product was a unanimous All-SEC first-team selection in 2011. Hightower started 42 of 44 games over four years at Alabama.

07/19 12:58:44 ET