The next Marion Barber? (Getty)
When the Arizona Cardinals selected RB Tim Hightower out of Richmond, most Cardinals fans asked who, what? As the draft dust settles, more and more are on board with the franchise’s decision to nab the Marion Barber-esque back. Former pro scout Tom Marino, who has 35 years-plus experience in the league, couldn’t rave more about the player he labels the best steal of the draft, he explains why.
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Most were surprised when the Cardinals selected Tim Hightower, what’s your take?
Tom Marino: Tim Hightower is a great pick. I’ve seen all the draft publications, and nobody ever mentioned him. I think in my mind that Hightower has a next level to him, beyond some of the first-rounders.
Hightower can play with the guy from Tulane (Matt Forte) and the guy from Central Florida (Kevin Smith). Hightower was a guy, up to this year, who split time with three other backs. Hightower is a real steal for Arizona.
In college, Hightower had a bulls-eye on him. He was a marked man in every game. He carried the ball over 300 times and almost ran for 2,000 yards.
What are Hightower’s biggest strengths?
TM: Hightower can catch, he can run, he has excellent vision and balance. The biggest thing about this guy is he never fumbled in 700 times carrying the ball. As a college football player that’s unheard of. I’d call him the best selection in the whole draft.
This guy has a real chance of being a major contributor from the get go. He is one my favorite picks. In college, they couldn’t tackle the guy.
What’s Hightower’s style of play?
TM: Hightower is a North-South guy. He has a little burst with his vision and quickness. The Cardinals are going to be able to control the football with him. He is highly underrated. Hightower kind of reminds me of Marcus Allen, in style and how he runs the ball.
Hightower is a fine pick. The Cardinals got themselves one of the best sleeper picks and the biggest steal.