Ngakoue may not have been the highest drafted Terp, but he’s making arguably the biggest impact.
Ngakoue came into the NFL off a junior campaign at Maryland in which he recorded a program record 13.5 sacks. The former Friendship Collegiate Academy (D.C.) standout was one of the most dominant pass rushers to come through College Park in quite some time.
The Jacksonville Jaguars saw something special in Ngakoue as they took him with the No. 69 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. It didn’t take Ngakoue long to make his presence known at the professional level.
Ngakoue has already accumulated 10 tackles, three forced fumbles, one interception, and a pass breakup. The former Terp recorded just two tackles in the season opener against the Green Bay Packers.
However, Ngakoue has been on a tear ever since.
He has recorded a sack in each of the last three games, including a strip sack against the Baltimore Ravens and San Diego Chargers. In the latest game against the Indianapolis Colts, Ngakoue recorded his first NFL interception off a pass that was batted down at the line of scrimmage.
Ngakoue uses his speed to his advantage so far in the NFL. If he can continue to make his way to the quarterback, gaudy numbers could be in his future.