Haloti Ngata   DT   Oregon

Strengths

Haloti is coming out early because of a family member's medical situation and for financial reasons.  He is as big as a building and moves well for his size.  He is strong at the point of attack and shows excellent strength when he moves laterally to control the running game between the hash marks.  Haloti shows leadership qualities through his play on the field.  He looks on film to be the strong, silent type that everyone likes and appreciates. 

 

Needs to Improve

Right now, he's so big that he just overpowers his opponents just by showing up.  He has a lot to learn and should lose some weight so that he can be effective as a pass rusher.  Before he hurt his knee, he was an effective 1-gap, 2-gap DT. 

 

Talent Board Round   1

Haloti is a defensive coach's dream come true because he can control the running game between the hash marks by himself.  If you draft him, he'll give your defense the option of using different fronts for different situations because he could play nose guard in a 3-4 or DT in a 4-3 defense.  If he gets in better shape, he can become more impacting as a 1-gap penetrating DT.  Before he hurt his knee, he had penetration ability, but this year, he stayed more on the line of scrimmage.  The reason for this might be as simple as his coaches asked him to do that!  Haloti doesn't use his hands very well and doesn't use very many moves because he does not have to.  He will have to learn all of the tricks of the trade for the next level, but as he does, he will still be a force against the run for the team that drafts him.  He is not a top ten pick right now, but he also is not a finished player.  His potential to get better projects him to being an impact player, which is what makes him a possible top ten pick. 

by Drew Boylhart

THR

January 2006