BIOGRAPHY: Full-time starter past three seasons awarded all-Conference honors after his junior and senior campaigns. Totals last season included 101/9/3 after 63/5.5/3 as a junior.
POSITIVES: Fluid, in-the-box linebacker with poor size/speed numbers. Explosive filling gaps up the field, quickly changes direction and smooth moving out to the flanks. Gets depth on pass drops, remains disciplined with assignments and displays solid sideline-to-sideline range. Plays with good degree of quickness and flashes on the scene.
NEGATIVES: Easily taken from the action by blocks and slowed through the traffic. Not a secure tackler and ball carriers constantly pick up yardage off initial contact. Possesses marginal ball skills in coverage.
ANALYSIS: Highsmith was a productive player at college yet does not offer the measurable to be a starter in the NFL. He could back up on the strong side or on the inside for a 34 alignment.