Seahawks can’t miss player 5: Yannick Ngakoue, defensive end
This has been a player that has been circling around the media outlets of Seattle for a few years. However, this is the first time Ngakoue is a free agent where he can sign where he would like.
Ngakoue hasn’t had quite the season many expected in 2020. It has become clear that he isn’t a schematic fit for all defenses. He is an exceptional pass rusher while leaving a lot to be desired in the run game. While he was looking at a contract around $20 million before, you best believe he wont get close to that number now.
In 2020 Ngakoue had 8 sacks, 4 tackles for a loss, 4 forced fumbles, and a missed tackle rate of 17%.
As a 4-3 end as ‘the guy’ for the Vikings, Ngakoue had 13 tackles, 3 TFL, 5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, missed tackle rate of 7.1%, and a pressure rate of 9.7%. This was across 6 games.
As a 3-4 OLB for the Ravens, Ngakoue had 11 tackles, 3 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, a missed tackle rate of 21.4%, and a pressure rate of 13.6%. This was across 9 games.
The Vikings tried to use him as a base end. The Ravens tried to use him as a stand-up pass rusher. Neither worked out quite right. Ngakoue is a player who could be a perfect fit as the Seahawks LEO. This is especially true with Seattle electing to cut Carlos Dunlap.
Ngakoue as a hand in the dirt type pass rusher is where his best years came with the Jaguars. He is only 25 years old. There is more than enough reason to believe his best years are still ahead of him.
Suggested contract: 3 years, $48 million.