Ngata, Cody are worth the weight

Former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Bart Scott used to say, in all seriousness, that he could take Haloti Ngata to any rough neighborhood in America and feel completely at ease.

Imagine how Scott would feel traveling with Ngata and new acquisition Terrence "Mount" Cody? At a combined listed weight of nearly 700 pounds, consider this pairing Baltimore's version of the Secret Service.

The president in this case is future Hall of Fame middle linebacker Ray Lewis, who has to be extremely happy with Baltimore's draft. The girth of Ngata and Cody should eat up a lot of space while keeping offensive linemen off Lewis, who will be free to fly around and finish off plays.

Baltimore's run defense was rated No. 5 last season. But barring injuries, that ranking could get even better with a defensive line rotation of Ngata, Cody, Kelly Gregg, Trevor Pryce and Cory Redding. Lewis, Terrell Suggs, Jarret Johnson, Dannell Ellerbe and rookie Sergio Kindle also are among a physical group of Baltimore linebackers.

The Ravens still have questions in the secondary, particularly when it comes to health and depth at cornerback. But Baltimore's front seven should be among the most formidable units in the NFL next season.