April 20, 2016 - Aaron Wilson
Maryland linebacker Yannick Ngakoue visits seven teams, works out for over half the NFL
University of Maryland junior outside linebacker Yannick Ngakoue has visits with seven NFL teams and worked out privately for over half the NFL, including the Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, New Orleans Saints and Dallas Cowboys.
Several NFL teams have come to College Park to work him out for a second time.
NFL teams are intrigued by his scheme diversity, explosiveness and sound character.
He did a private workout for Texans linebackers coach Mike Vrabel, according to a source not authorized to speak publicly.
Ngakoue is a classic tweener pass rusher who's had private workouts for the Indianapolis Colts, New Orleans Saints and Dallas Cowboys. The All-Big Ten Conference selection has also drawn heavy interest from the Tennessee Titans.
Ngakoue is regarded as a rising draft prospect after declaring early for the draft following his junior year for the Terrapins. Ngakoue projects as a 3-4 outside linebacker.
Ngakoue set a Maryland record and finished second in the country with 13 1/2 sacks and had 15 tackles for losses.
Ngakoue had 45 quarterback pressures for his career, relentlessly pressuring the pocket and escaping blocks.
He had at least one sack in 10 consecutive games as a junior.
Ngakoue played well in games against Iowa offensive tackle Brandon Scherff, Michigan State left tackle Jack Conklin and Ohio State left tackle Taylor Decker.
Ngakoue has generated momentum since the NFL scouting combine where the 6-2, 252-pounder ran the 40-yard dash in 4.7 seconds and bench pressed 225 pounds 26 times. He had a 9-10 broad jump.
As a sophomore, Ngakoue was an honorable-mention all-conference selection with 37 tackles, 13 1/2 for losses and six sacks. As a freshman, he had an interception in his first college game and had three tackles for a loss against Clemson and a forced fumble against Virginia Tech.
Ngakoue was the Washington, D.C. Gatorade Player of the Year at Friendship Collegiate as he recorded 17 sacks. He chose Maryland over Florida State, South Carolina and West Virginia.
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Aaron Wilson covers the Texans for The Houston Chronicle.