Yannick Ngakoue becomes newest Minnesota Viking
The Vikings made a splash in the early hours of Sunday morning landing disgruntled Jaguars Defensive end Yannick Ngakoue via trade. Minnesota sends a 2021 second round pick, and a 2022 conditional fifth rounder to Jacksonville to acquire the pro-bowl pass rusher.
After a lengthy, and public dispute with the Jaguars, Ngakoue finally gets his wish and finds a new home. Ngakoue has had a vert productive first four years in the league, but at just 25 year old he his best football may be in front of him.
For the Vikings, Ngakoue is expected to operate as Everson Griffen’s replacement. Pairing Ngakoue with superstar Danielle Hunter gives Minnesota one of the best young pass rushing duos in the league. Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer noted early in the offseason that the NFL is a ‘young man’s game’ hinting at the roster overhaul that finally looks complete.
With a retooled secondary and many pieces key pieces on offense returning, a run at a division title could be in the cards for Minnesota
Ngakoue is the second defensive star to force his way out in Jacksonville since Jalen Ramsey got himself traded to the Rams. Sometimes guys just aren’t happy and need a change of scenery (hey Mr. Diggs) but it’s still fair to wonder if there is a culture problem (besides losing) in Jacksonville.
This is a team that was an early whistle away from the Super Bowl two years ago, and now they seem destined for a top-5 pick in next spring’s draft. Maybe Gardner Minshew can magic the team to a very fun seven wins, but it seems unlikely with a roster void of much overall talent.
Keep your heads up Jaguars fans. Watching a four win team makes watching a 12 win team all the more sweet. Trevor Lawrence is coming, and he’s coming as fast as he can.