Another absolute standout defensive end that shockingly wasn’t dealt during the NFL Draft. I wonder if the remote draft format the NFL was forced to use this year led to fewer blockbuster type deals?
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Not very often can a player take to twitter and (@) the co-owner of the team, the majority owner’s son, call him out, have an exchange begging to be traded and not be moved. It’s an odd situation in Jacksonville; the team used all their draft picks on the defensive side of the football after trading away their top two corners Jalen Ramsey, and A.J. Bouye, along with arguably their best, most consistent defensive lineman Calais Campbell.
Ramsey also decided to troll his former team, basically telling the franchise to release his friends. Jacksonville seems like a place you’d want to play, doesn’t it? It’s a warm-weather city, and Gardner Minshew is the quarterback, what more do you want? Maybe Tom Brady? Ok, I understand, but it’s not like playing in the frozen tundra of Green Bay or Buffalo.
The Detroit Lions need to try and acquire Yannick Ngakoue in a trade with the Jaguars. Perhaps his price is falling; the Lions may be able to fetch him for a future second-round pick at this point after no deal was found for the desired first-round draft pick in this year’s draft.
Adding Ngakoue would be similar to Griffen and end that will cause havoc starting with his hand in the dirt opposite Trey Flowers. He’s a guy that will get after the quarterback, having recorded 39 sacks in four NFL seasons.
Last season, Ngakoue only produced an overall grade of 72.0, the worst since his rookie season, but much of that could have been due to the fact he simply didn’t want to be in Jacksonville last season. The whole Jaguars defense struggled until mid-season, but by then, ownership was preparing to dump salary.
Despite having more sacks than Clowney and as many pressures, Ngakoue missed ten tackles, which hurt his overall success.
If the Detroit Lions were to make a deal for Ngakoue, they’d have to agree not to tag him at the end of the season using him as a one-year rental allowing him to hit the open market. Or have a long-term contract extension in place and agree upon at the time of the deal.