What you need to know: Ngata made his fifth straight Pro Bowl after leading the Ravens' defensive line with 52 tackles. Over the past three seasons, Ngata is the only defensive tackle who has posted at least 160 tackles, 10 sacks and five passes defensed. At the age of 30, Ngata is still a difference-maker up front, but he hasn't been as dominant as in recent seasons. It's the first time in his career that he recorded consecutive seasons with under 60 tackles. His 1.5 sacks last season were his fewest since 2009.
Where Ngata should be ranked: I had Ngata slightly higher at No. 3. He could have a good rebound season because he's healthy and he's back playing defensive tackle (after a year of playing nose tackle). There's pressure on Ngata to live up to his salary -- he's the team's highest-paid player at $8.5 million -- and here's banking that he'll do it.
File this away: Dating back to 2006, Ngata's first season in the NFL, the Ravens have allowed the league's fewest rushing touchdown (63) and the third-fewest rushing yards per game (93.1).
What the Ravens are saying about Haloti Ngata: “He told me that he's healthier than he has ever been in the offseason. So, he’s probably able to train better than he has in a few years. The expectations are very high for Haloti." -- coach John Harbaugh