Jags’ Yannick Ngakoue looks to build on pass-rushing promise

Aaron Resnick takes a look at the rookie production of Jacksonville Jaguars edge defender Yannick Ngakoue.

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Jags’ Yannick Ngakoue looks to build on pass-rushing promise


  • The Jaguars have been looking for a dynamic edge rusher for years, possibly landing the answer in last year’s third-round pick, Yannick Ngakoue.
  • Ngakoue earned a pass-rushing grade of 68.0 in his rookie season, 60th out of 102 qualifying edge rushers.
  • More impressively, Ngakoue recorded 47 total quarterback pressures on 474 pass-rushing snaps, averaging a pressure a little over once every 10 snaps. The 47 total pressures ranked second-most amongst rookie edge rushers.
  • The main weakness in Ngakoue’s game in 2016 was defending the run, as his grade of 32.7 in that regard was last among all qualifying edge rushers.
  • If Ngakoue can improve in the run game — which teammates Dante Fowler, Calais Campbell, and Malik Jackson already have shown they can make an impact in — the potential is there to make the Jaguars’ defense even stingier in 2017 than it appears on paper.

Yannick Ngakoue rookie edge pressures