Ravens to host Oregon DT Ngata

OWINGS MILLS -- The biggest and perhaps the best defensive tackle available in the upcoming NFL draft will meet with the Baltimore Ravens next week.

Oregon defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, a 6-foot-4, 338-pound consensus All-American projected as a top 10 selection, will visit the Ravens' training complex Monday, according to his agent.

Ngata has been consistently linked to the St. Louis Rams, who hold the 11th overall pick, or higher in mock drafts. The Ravens draft 13th and have been hosting defensive prospects such as Ngata and Florida State defensive lineman Broderick Bunkley, who is projected to go as early as the Cleveland Browns at No. 12 overall.

The Pac 10 Defensive Player of the Year bench pressed 225 pounds for 37 repetitions at the NFL scouting combine where he ran the 40-yard dash in 5.13 seconds and registered a vertical leap of 31 ½ inches, a 9-foot-2 broad jump and 10-yard dash of 1.73 seconds.

Ngata, who's of Tongan descent but grew up in Salt Lake City, posted 71 tackles, three sacks and nine tackles for losses as a junior. He's highly regarded by scouts for his ability to break through double and triple-team blocking attention, collapsing the pocket and demonstrating a quick burst at the line of scrimmage to track down the football.

The Oregon coaching staff called Ngata one of the most intelligent athletes they've ever coached, noting his ability to recognize play-action passes and lauding him for his consistent effort.

"Best guy I've ever seen, for an inside guy," Ducks defensive line coach Michael Gray told Oregon reporters. "He's the blue goose, a freak of nature. You don't find people that size that can move like him. He can dominate, actually. He's a premium athlete."

Ngata torn his anterior cruciate ligament during his sophomore year, but has made a complete recovery.

The Outland and Lombard Trophy award finalist bench presses over 500 pounds, squats more than 600 pounds with a top power clean of 407 pounds. He has been previously timed as fast as 4.84 seconds in the 40-yard dash.

Ngata's mother, Olga Ngata, died shortly after he declared early for the draft. She had a heart attack while undergoing dialysis for a kidney ailment. Ngata's father, Solomone Ngata, was killed in a trucking accident four years ago.

Ngata said that financial concerns and his mother's health were the primary reasons why he left school early.

NOTES: Ravens free agent safety Chad Williams visited the Green Bay Packers. … The Ravens have not set up a visit for Texas safety Mike Huff, according to his agent, Ben Dogra.

 


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