BIO: All-Conference selection the past two years and named Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year last season. Produced 59/9/3 as a junior after 46/8.5/3.5 as a sophomore. Missed the .03 season after tearing a ligament in his left knee.
POSITIVES: Big, powerful space-eater in the middle of the line. Plays with good lean, drives upfield and easily bull-rushes double teams off the line of scrimmage. Displays a good change of direction going laterally to make plays. Gets a lot of momentum going up the field and tough to stop in motion.
NEGATIVES: Must improve his hand technique and do a better job of protecting himself. Tires as the big game proceeds.
ANALYSIS: A terrific athlete who can be a dominant force, Ngata offers outstanding upside for the next level. Seemingly impossible to move off the line, he offers potential in a variety of defensive systems. Should be an early pick, produce as a rookie and has All-Pro potential if he meets expectations in the NFL.