Trench battles define this division
Hampton is far and away the best player -- and athlete -- of the bunch. He is the prototypical nosetackle who not only can anchor against multiple blockers but also can provide a little pass rush while flashing the amazing ability to track down slow-developing running plays on the sidelines.
Ngata, Baltimore's first-round pick this year, also is quite talented, but he has yet to prove that he can handle the rigors of the position for an extended period of time. He will be given every opportunity to show his stripes, but nosetackle traditionally is not an easy position to transition to for a rookie.
To continue reading this article you must be an Insider