DE Yannick Ngakoue – Jacksonville Jaguars
Already pitched by another writer, the idea of trading for Yannick Ngakoue is not a bad one. He’s young, 24-years-old, and could probably be had at a discount trade rate since he wants out of Jacksonville. Swapping two players for each other who both want trades would be rather ironic. The Jaguars don’t have any tight ends on their roster that could make an impact, either. Making his a solid destination.
Their returning top producer at the position last year was James O’Shaughnessy, and the team didn’t make any big moves in the draft to shore up the position, drafting Tyler Davis in the sixth-round. They did bring in perennial backup Tyler Eifert from the Cinncinati Bengals but at 30-years-old, he’s not going to be the guy who can give Gardner Minshew any real threat downfield. While Njoku isn’t very physical, he’s an athletic marvel and maybe as the primary target can actually put up some good numbers.
For the Browns, Ngakoue will be able to fill in at the left defensive end spot and really do some damage opposite Myles Garrett. He’d need to agree to a sign and trade for the deal to be really worth it, even if it’s only a one or two-year extension. If the Browns can put together some real progress and start winning games, an extra year or two maybe it all it’d take to get Ngakoue to commit to the club.
Trade Package: TE David Njoku and a 3rd-round draft pick.