Texans draft rumors: Team works out Maryland’s Yannick Ngakoue
The Houston Texans may be looking for more help in the pass rushing department as they held a private workout for Maryland’s Yannick Ngakoue
In 2016 the Houston Texans had a solid pass rush led by defensive end J.J. Watt and their breakout performer outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus. It seems that they aren’t going to get complacent with that pressure however as they’ve turned their attention to pass rushers in the upcoming draft.
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According to the Houston Chronicle, the Texans held a private workout with Maryland outside linebacker Yannick Ngakoue over the weekend. A source within the team stated that the workout was with Ngakoue and linebackers coach Mike Vrabel.
Ngakoue can be described as a “tweener” as he isn’t the desired size to be a hand-in-the-dirt defensive end at the NFL level, but with his pass rushing skills he would fit nicely in the Texans 3-4 scheme. At the combine in February, the Washington, D.C. native measured 6-foot-2 and 252 pounds.
During his career at Maryland, the edge rusher recorded 45 quarterback pressures and had 21 sacks. He broke out in his third, and final collegiate season when he had 14.5 tackles for a loss and 13 sacks.
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According to the Chronicle, Ngakoue is rising up draft boards as a 3-4 prospect, and is scheduled to take many more visits in the near future.