Picked up on FA ILB David Hawthorn in a recent story on Steelers Depot. Interesting if the Steelers could get him for a reasonable amount. Considered somewhat of a 2 down linebacker but then again so is Hightower.
Hightower would have the higher ceiling and very well could eventually be the better player but at this moment Hawthorne would win the job and hold it for the next 5-6 years freeing the Steelers to make a better athlete selection in the first round like a OT or even safety Mark Barron.
One hole filled with an established vet coming into his peak years who has impressive numbers can only help more holes be filled in the draft.