Baltimore Pro Bowl DL Haloti Ngata is already being touted as an MVP candidate for the Ravens this season. The dominant defensive lineman was asked in a conference call with the Buffalo media if he ever wondered about being drafted by the Bills back in 2006.
“When the Bills passed up on me, I was like ‘OK, hopefully I’ll just get drafted,’” Ngata recalled. “I thought the Bills would draft me and they didn’t, so I just kind of looked down the line to see who else wanted me and fortunately Baltimore came and picked me up.”
Buffalo had the eighth pick in the 2006 draft and chose Donte Whitner. The Ravens scooped up Ngata with the 12th pick. Ngata admitted that he wanted to prove those that passed on him wrong and had the opportunity to do so against the Bills in the season finale of his rookie campaign in 2006. Ngata finished the game with a quarterback hit when he flushed J.P. Losman from the pocket and pursued him to the near sideline forcing him to throw the ball away.
“The first time we played them in my rookie year, that was more on my mind,” said Ngata. “When I was getting drafted people were saying there were a bunch of things wrong with me. I don’t hustle to the ball, I’m not a pass rusher. I kind of wanted to prove those guys wrong. Ever since I’ve been in the league, I wanted to show that I can run to the ball, I can make plays. Every year I felt like I’ve been able to improve and I want to keep improving.”
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