Friday, May 25, 2012
By proscoutdan Posted at 6:56 AM
HALOTI NGATA: Oregon, 6041 338 5.13. Junior eligible. Three-year starter. Looks the part physically. Big thick body. Against Southern Cal he made one tackle late in the game. Matua dominated him the whole game. His career is checkered with inconsistency. Slow twitch player. First move is up. Turns his back on a spin move and loses ball. No inside pressure when he’s single blocked. Rarely makes a play. Gets tied up and neutralized. Gets his shoulders turned. Doesn’t push the pocket with strength. Plays high. Question instincts. He must see the ball to go to it. Inconsistent to feel pressure. Loses feet in traffic. Will drop into zone blitz coverage. Leans on blockers. Question functional strength. Gets pinned by a single block. Stands on the line of scrimmage. Jogs in pursuit. Gets driven off ball in goal line defense. Inconsistent to fight pressure. Stops feet on contact. Can get driven back by a single base block because he plays high, not low. Takes too many plays off. Batted down six kicks. Needs to improve his use of hands. Gets hung up on the blocker. Not an impressive pass rusher (3 sacks). Needs technique work. Possibly a two-gap run stuffer as a nose or a 4-3 tackle. Question concentration. Has had several offside penalties. Durability and endurance are two big questions. First round. (A-33 1/8, H-9 7/8, BP-37, 10-1.74).