Originally Posted by chicago JK
Here is a little write up on him. Sounds just like the type of player we need. Rob Boomer Rang know his draft stuff and for him to say Ngota was his preseason number 1 player regardless of position says something...and it seems like Ngota hasn't disappointed. Rang does live on the left coast so he can be biased to Pac 10 players on occasion.
DT Haloti Ngata, 6-4 344, Soph, Oregon
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A draft eligible red shirt sophomore with tons of potential, Haloti was highly recruited out of high school. Oregon Coach Bellotti, couldn’t restrain his glee over signing Ngata away from Nebraska, stating he is “the biggest signing in the history of Oregon football” The mammoth (6-foot-4, 345) tackle has been clocked at 4.84 in the 40-yard dash. Ngata suffered a season-ending knee injury in the opener at Mississippi State; if he proves to be fully recovered he might challenge Texas DT Rodrique Write for the number one spot. If it weren’t for this major knee injury/surgery he would be rated much higher. Ngata is a better player than day one 2004 NFL draft picks and fellow Oregon defensive linemen Igor Olshanksy and Junior Siavii. For what it's worth Ngata is also a supreme rugby player. He hasn't been dominant yet in 2004, he might not be 100%.
He's been a big dissappointment for them tho. Has really underachieved. Alot in common with Shaun Rogers so could be a good but annoying pro. Is a BP type body at DT tho.
But I still don't know what any team saw Thursday night that would have made them comfortable with waiting a round or two for the offensive lineman they wanted. ---Todd McShay
We just converted half our LB to DL. We have a 30m starting DL, it better be pretty friggin good.