Yannick Ngakoue, OLB/DE Maryland

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Yannick Ngakoue, OLB/DE Maryland

Post by RAIDERRED » Tue Feb 09, 2016 9:17 pm

HT WT HANDS ARMS WING SPAN 40 TIME
602 252 9 1/2 32 1/2 -- 4.75
Ngakoue is a classic 'tweener with the burst to challenge tackle's reach but only average flexibility and closing speed while running the arc. Ngakoue has a powerful hand slap and good lateral agility to keep opponents from latching on. Unfortunately, he isn't yet powerful enough to rip free quickly when they do and doesn't possess ideal length to project great improvement in this area. Too often Ngakoeu was effectively sealed off by tight ends in the running game as a sophomore. If he can improve in this area, he could vault past his teammates to become Maryland's most intriguing NFL prospect.
What he does well: Explosion. He has legitimately amazing speed & quickness. And if blockers weren’t prepared for it, he would be past them before the blockers knew what to do.
He’s combined this athleticism with great hand use and an instinct of when to change direction at close to full speed to frustrate blockers.
What he struggles with: If a blocker can get hands on him, especially one with some power, his lack of size becomes an issue.
Tight ends did well blocking him, especially in the run game where Ngakoue struggles.
Red Flags: None that are apparent.
Draft range: #15-40 overall
Pro comparison: Jerry Hughes, Buffalo. They have almost identical styles of play, height, weight and speed. Hughes was a 1st round bust until he went to Buffalo where they had him attack, that’s what Ngakoue should be drafted for.
Why is he underrated? Because he really is a one trick pony. He’s a pure rusher and only seems to know how to attack the backfield using his speed and quickness to overwhelm blockers.
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"He's a humble kid," notes Brown. "He's a very intelligent kid. He talks about a lot of things other than football. He's interested in a lot of things other than football. But he wants to be the greatest to put on pads, so I'm going to help him get there."

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Re: Yannick Ngakoue, OLB/DE Maryland

Post by RAIDERRED » Tue Feb 09, 2016 9:22 pm

Ngakoue (pronounced IN-gah-kway) became a starter last season as a sophomore and earned All-Big Ten Honorable Mention honors. As a junior this past year, he developed into a standout pass rusher for the Terps off the edge with at least one sack in 10 straight games. His 13.5 sacks in 2015 set a school record.
As a NFL prospect, Ngakoue has the edge athleticism to burst off the snap and threaten the corner with quickness and flexibility. He stays balanced in his movements to easily change directions and make an impact in pursuit. Ngakoue doesn't have ideal length for the position and needs to develop his functional strength to match power-with-power, but his instincts have improved from last season, playing with more purpose and awareness in 2015.
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Re: Yannick Ngakoue, OLB/DE Maryland

Post by RAIDERRED » Thu Mar 03, 2016 7:33 pm

This day was all about Joey Bosa and Noah Spence in the battle for the 'top edge rusher.' but a player that would have been one of the top edge rushers in next year’s draft class stole the show: Maryland’s Yannick Ngakoue. He was quick and explosive in all the drills and showed stronger hands than expected going around the bags and he ran a handheld 4.69 and 4.65, which is where teams would have liked to see Spence. Ngakoue was a player I was excited about for the 2017 Reese's Senior Bowl, but he declared for early draft entry and is on his way to proving that was the right move by opening some eyes in Indy.
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Re: Yannick Ngakoue, OLB/DE Maryland

Post by RAIDERRED » Sun Mar 20, 2016 9:40 am

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Re: Yannick Ngakoue, OLB/DE Maryland

Post by 34yearsnow » Thu Mar 24, 2016 1:36 pm

He's at his best moving forward in attack mode........Not naturally instinctive and will be a split second late with recognition against misdirection or deceptive runs........Needs to show more discipline with edge contain......Has much better instincts as an edge rusher......Knows when to throttle and when to work back up-field......Did not drop into coverage during film study.......Possesses the quickness to gain quality initial position and create disruption in the backfield.......Flashes some snap-and-shock with his initial punch.....Has quick hands to disengage when he's on the move......Doesn't have ideal size or point-of-attack skills at this point.......He can get engulfed forced to lock up with bigger and more powerful blockers.....Explosive athlete........Above-average redirect skills.......Flashes a quick short-area burst and can cover a lot of ground in a hurry...........Has the ability to work down the line of scrimmage and be a factor from the backside..... Needs to clean up pursuit angles.......An impact tackler who flashes knock-back power........Enters contact with quality leverage and displays strong hands to latch on and finish with wrap.........Will uncoil and deliver a violent strike....Needs to a better job of breaking down to become more consistent as an open-field tackler.
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Re: Yannick Ngakoue, OLB/DE Maryland

Post by 34yearsnow » Fri Apr 01, 2016 10:18 pm

Born in Washington, D.C., Ngakoue stayed nearby for college after an excellent high school career. He was named the D.C. Gatorade Player of the Year as a senior, racking up 17 sacks and leading Friendship Collegiate to a district title. Nkagoue got his feet wet as a true freshman, making 10 tackles, 4.5 for loss including two sacks, and an interception playing every game as a reserve.

His play as a sophomore earned honorable mention notice from league media (37 tackles, 13.5 for loss and six sacks) and portended better things to come. Quarterbacks in the Big Ten did not appreciate his improvement in what proved to be his final collegiate season -- he set a Maryland record and finished tied for second in the country with 13.5 sacks (within 15 total tackles for loss).
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Re: Yannick Ngakoue, OLB/DE Maryland

Post by 34yearsnow » Fri Apr 01, 2016 10:19 pm

Flexible and athletic with a chiseled frame. Produced 45 quarterback pressures and 13 sacks this season. Plays with plus motor. Slippery with ability to find his way into a play even though he's being blocked. Impressive lateral quickness to escape reach blocks and create perimeter contain against the run. Stays low, creeping around the corner before exploding up to the quarterback on twists. Plays with some hip flip around the corner as a pass rusher. Suddenness to unlock a more dangerous inside move.
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Re: Yannick Ngakoue, OLB/DE Maryland

Post by 34yearsnow » Sat Apr 09, 2016 5:54 pm

Agile, flexible athlete with burst off the edge to threaten the corner…stays balanced in his movements
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