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  1. CrazyCowboy

    CrazyCowboy Well-Known Member

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    Notes: Oregon's Ngata going pro
    From wire reports
    EUGENE, Ore. — Oregon defensive tackle Haloti Ngata said Friday he will leave school early to enter the NFL draft.
    Ngata, a junior listed at 6-foot-5, 338 pounds, was a first-team All-America selection this season. He said financial concerns and his mother's poor health led him to the decision.

    "I just want to help my family out," Ngata said. "My mom's going to be in and out of the hospital."

    Ngata had three sacks and nine tackles for loss this season. He ranked sixth on the Ducks in total tackles with 61, including 32 unassisted. He made a season-high 11 tackles against California.

    Ngata was the Pacific-10 Conference's co-defensive player of the year and the Ducks' MVP, becoming the team's first defensive lineman in 18 years to earn the honor. He also was one of three finalists for the Outland Trophy, given to the nation's top lineman. Minnesota center Greg Eslinger won the award.

    While he hasn't hired an agent, Ngata understood from an NFL report that at worst he would go in the middle of the second round of the draft, scheduled for April 29-30 in New York. He said he was interviewing agents.

    Ngata, speaking by telephone from his home in Utah, said his mother has kidney problems and is facing dialysis. Olga Ngata had surgery "a couple of days ago," he said.

    Olga Ngata was in the hospital in Los Angeles when Ngata was playing in the Holiday Bowl on Dec. 29. "I was thinking about her that week," he said.

    Oregon went 10-2 this season, with a regular-season loss to Southern California and a 17-14 loss to Oklahoma in the Holiday Bowl. The Ducks finished ranked No. 12.

    Ngata, who set an Oregon record with seven blocked kicks during his career, took a low block during the loss to Oklahoma and tweaked his right knee. An MRI this week showed a sprain and a bone bruise. He said if he had torn a ligament, he likely would have returned to Oregon for his senior year. He made the final decision on Thursday at home in Salt Lake City.

    Ngata becomes the fifth Oregon player to leave school early for the NFL draft, joining defensive back Kenny Wheaton (1997), running back Onterrio Smith (2003), tight end George Wrighster (2003) and defensive tackle Igor Olshansky (2004).
  2. Hostile

    Hostile Peace Zone Supporter

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    If he falls out of the top 10 I'll be shocked. He is a bulldozer. I'd love to have him and would trade up if he fell too far.
  3. Dave_in-NC

    Dave_in-NC Well-Known Member

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    Can he be converted to O line?
  4. MichaelWinicki

    MichaelWinicki "You want some?" Staff Member

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    I dunno.

    His production doesn't overwhelm me.
  5. TonyS

    TonyS Well-Known Member

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    Is he Samoan? If so, sign him. Those guys are tough and have a little bit of a nasty side to him. I can see Parcells now...

    "Haloti, pick it up, you're mom's not getting any healthier. She needs that paycheck."
  6. Dave_in-NC

    Dave_in-NC Well-Known Member

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    :lmao2: Then some guys on here would be screaming Parcells need sensitivity classes.
  7. sago1

    sago1 Active Member

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    Already must have mentione entering NFL draft before cause 2-3 mock drafts I've all project him going no later seven several picks before Cowboys draft; one pick did show us drafting Wright at DT but other 2 also showed Wright going several picks before us.
  8. Clove

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    That's one player I would move up to get ladies and gentlemen.

    Do you all remember how the middle or our line would get pushed back and teams would just easily get a 1st down on 3rd and short, not any more with this guy. With this guy in the middle, you will see more ILB'rs making plays behind the LOS, and Ware,Spears/Canty/Ngata would destroy OLINE's.

    I know people want us to go OLine first, but I promise you that Tackles are 3 rounds deep in this draft. I know of several great 2nd rounders who can get the job done, and BTW....Their are severl FAs who can be average RTs.. Remember this, we don't need an all-pro at RT, we just need someone with a heartbeat...Meaning, any FA can have their worst game and be better than Petitti or Tucker.
  9. Hostile

    Hostile Peace Zone Supporter

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    Look again. Those numbers for a NT are the essence of production.
  10. MichaelWinicki

    MichaelWinicki "You want some?" Staff Member

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    What about all the cash we just paid Ferguson?

    With Parcells here another 2 seasons that means that the 3-4 is here too.

    I want a guy chosen in the first round that can start... and with Ferguson on board NO dt we're drafting is going to start.

    I would much rather focus on ILB, FS or just trade out of the first round.

    But I agree with you OT's are 3 rounds deep.
  11. MichaelWinicki

    MichaelWinicki "You want some?" Staff Member

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    But we've got a NT Hos.

    I want a guy that can start and according to "Bill's Law"... no rookie is going to come in and start over a "Bill's favorite".

    I want a starter.

    ILB or FS or trade out.
  12. Clove

    Clove Shrinkage

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    If not NT, then here's your ILB for the next 10 years..
    http://www.virginiasportstv.com/index.php?sid=6&v=332&f=.mov

    Then we can go after a couple of other DT options I had at DT in the 3rd rd.
  13. movinonout

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    IMO Bill Parcells will not last past next year. He will realize he has a QB problem that will keep him from the promise land. So if Bill has a) no playoff bid or b) an early playoff exit, he retires.
  14. MichaelWinicki

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    Did he play NT or DT?

    Yeah, I would be more open if those are NT numbers. If they are for a true 4-3 DT then no, I'm not overwhelmed.
  15. Hostile

    Hostile Peace Zone Supporter

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    Ngata at NT will be better than Ferguson as a rookie. Not a doubt in my mind.
  16. MichaelWinicki

    MichaelWinicki "You want some?" Staff Member

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  17. Clove

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    He is the perfect 3-4 nose tackle trust me.. He would start for Ferguson after 3 weeks, and you will see a huge difference in our dline productivity.
  18. Hostile

    Hostile Peace Zone Supporter

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    If I were a gambling man I'd say that is our guy. I will love it if it happens. Groh disciple, teammate of Canty, big, fast, vicious hitter, smart. Perfect fit.
  19. MichaelWinicki

    MichaelWinicki "You want some?" Staff Member

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    And then we're screwed on the cap. Now tell me Hos do you believe Ngata would give us more of an improvement over Ferguson or say Brooks over Shanle?

    And once you figure in cap issues and what not I don't think the decision is a tough one to make. Both from a team and business standpoint I think it's much easier and cheaper to replace Shanle with a better player than it is Ferguson... who again is a "favorite" and favorites don't sit on this team--- as you've noticed. ;)
  20. MichaelWinicki

    MichaelWinicki "You want some?" Staff Member

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    Bill still wouldn't play him and then we're facing another big cap problem.

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