Ravens' Day 1 pick summary

A quick look at the Ravens' first three picks on day 1 of the 2006 NFL Draft.

HALOTI NGATA
Drafted: First round (12th overall); traded 13th pick and sixth-rounder (181st) to Cleveland.
Position: Defensive tackle
School: Oregon
Size: 6-foot-4, 340 pounds
Speed: 5.16 seconds
Statistics: 151 career tackles, 10 sacks, 24 1/2 tackles for losses, seven blocked kicks.
Honors: All-American, Co-Pac 10 Defensive Player of the Year.
Strengths: Overpowering, massive run-stopper occupies blockers and collapses the pocket.
Weaknesses: Questions have been raised about his conditioning and intensity. Needs to refine technique, especially his pass-rushing moves.
Quotable: "This is a big block of granite," director of college scouting Eric DeCosta said. "He's a guy that's tough to move."

CHRIS CHESTER
Drafted: Second round (56th overall), acquired along with 87th pick in trade with the New York Giants in exchange for 44th pick.
Position: Center-guard
School: Oklahoma
Size: 6-foot-3, 305 pounds
Speed: 4.88 seconds.
Statistics: Collected 25 knockdown blocks for an offense that averaged 355.1 yards per game last season.
Honors: None.
Strengths: Extremely fast for a former 240-pound tight end, great first step to reach the second level, versatile with a good initial pop.
Weaknesses: Lacks bulk, strength and experience for a lineman (three starts at center, nine as an offensive lineman), durability is questionable, plagued by knee problems throughout college. Might struggle to anchor against big bull rushers.
Quotable: "We love his athletic ability," Ravens director of college scouting Eric DeCosta said. "He can move his feet in space. He's a guy we think has tremendous upside at the guard-center position."

DAVID PITTMAN
Drafted: Third round (87th overall)
Position: Cornerback
School: Northwestern State (LA)
Size: 6-foot, 182 pounds
Speed: 4.4 seconds.
Statistics: 153 career tackles, 11 interceptions and 26 pass deflections along with four touchdown returns and two blocked kicks.
Honors: Division I-AA All-American was only player from that level chosen for the Senior Bowl.
Strengths: Adequate height and speed. Smooth backpedal, bursts well toward the football. Long arms and height to compete for jump balls with nice timing and body control.
Weaknesses: Lacks ideal size, can be pushed around by big receivers. Isn't comfortable in zone coverage and has rarely faced elite competition. Vulnerable to play-action fakes and double-moves.
Quotable: "This young man gives us a chance to have a nickel back," defensive coordinator Rex Ryan said. "That's something we were really desperate for. Hopefully, he will see action this year. We expect great things from this young man."

Aaron Wilson covers thre Ravens fo Ravens Insider and the Carroll County Times.


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