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Ngata ready to make big impact

Haloti Ngata has overcome the devastating loss of both of his parents in the last four years, becoming a dominating DT and a possible top-10 pick.

Updated: April 26, 2006, 1:28 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

There have been occasions, as Haloti Ngata blasted through the A gap in the offensive line and flushed the quarterback from the pocket, when the mammoth Oregon defensive tackle has flashed back, just for a nanosecond, to a time when he was actually the pursued and not the pursuer.

Most of those times came when Ngata, rated by many scouts as the top defensive tackle prospect in this year's draft, was playing rugby at Highland High School in Salt Lake City. And most of those times, in a sport ...

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