Yannick Ngakoue


DE/Edge #7

Junior 6’2″ 255

Ngakoue is an explosive pass rusher that plays tough against the run

– Quick and athletic
– Burst/explosive
– Decent extension
– Tough vs run
– Sets edge very well/keeps contain
– Stuffs/spills pullers well
– Speed and strength to turn the corner
– Strong rip – finishes
– Shows rush moves/counters
– Recovers quick/well when out of position

– Stops feet on contact vs run block
– Tackling?
– Disengaging with consistency
– Needs development on rush moves

– Played a Edge/stand up DE until this year when he moved to DE full time

Although Maryland had a disappointing 3-9 season, Ngakoue was one of the few bright spots. He finished the year tied for 2nd in the nation in total sacks with 13.5, trailing only Carl Nassib of Penn St. In addition, Ngakoue has 28 tackles for loss combined over the past 2 seasons.

Up to this point, Ngakoue has flown under the radar while most discuss the likes of Noah Spence, Joey Bosa, or other higher profile names. He is an explosive athlete that does well in both the run and pass. I believe he wins in similar ways to my top edge player from the 2015 draft class, Frank Clark who was taken by the Seattle Seahawks in the 2nd round at 63rd overall. While Ngakoue coming in about 20 pounds lighter, the comparison is more based on pass rush ability rather then physical build. Both attack the outside half of the man well and are able to finish with strength and a deliberate rip to help turn the corner. Both are also able to complement this with speed to power which also opens up the inside lanes.

Ngakoue isn’t quite as developed with his moves as others but its just as important that they show the ability to use the moves and use them in the right situations. My only concern, like with every box defender, is whether they are going to be able to consistently disengage from blockers. It was something Ngakoue struggled with in 2015 vs Taylor Decker (overall had a solid game and played well agaisnt Decker in 2014). He also tends to stop his feet on contact when trying to hold his ground versus the run. It wasn’t something that hurt him in college, but could be a cause for concern moving forward.

NFL comp:

Frank Clark

Round Grade:

Games watched: Ohio St 2015, South Florida 2015, Michigan 2015, Michigan St 2015, Iowa 2015, Ohio St 2014

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