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- Baltimore Selects DT Haloti Ngata

Chris Pokorny April 29, 2006
Chris Pokorny
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With the twelth pick in the NFL Draft, the Baltimore Ravens selected defensive tackle Haloti Ngata of Oregon. The Cleveland Browns traded their pick with the Ravens, and were originally interested in Ngata. The Ravens were concerned that they may not get a defensive tackle, and now they have one of the biggest and best ones in the draft.

Scouting Information on Ngata: Haloti Ngata was considered the top defensive tackle in the country coming out of high school, and he lived up to his hype. Ngata attended the University of Oregon and became their starting defensive tackle in the fifth game of his freshman season. He tore his ACL during the first game of his sophomore season, questioning if he would ever be the same. He came back his junior season and did very well.

Ngata us the complete package when it comes to a team searching for a future franchise defensive tackle. He has great size at 6'5", 338 pounds, strength, and athleticism. His reaction when the ball is snapped is great, and was often able to get the first step on an offensive lineman in college. His strength allowed him to simply push the offensive lineman back towards the quarterback. He is quick enough to catch most of the average running quarterbacks and will not let them slip away from him once he has a hand on them. Ngata will draw the double team more times than not. He is very smart and has very few problems when it comes to playing football.

The only concern regarding Ngata is the fact that he injured his knee in college. Ngata is the best defensive tackle coming out of college and could probably start for whatever team chooses him.

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