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Road to the NFL Draft: Yannick Ngakoue

Position: Edge rusher.

School: Maryland.

Combine measurables: 6-foot-2, 252 pounds.

Combine stats: 40-yard dash: 4.75 seconds. Bench press: 26 reps. Vertical: 34.5 inches. Broad jump: 9 feet, 10 inches. 3-cone drill: 7.35 seconds. 20-yard shuttle: 4.5 seconds.

Career stats: 30 games, 83 tackles, 32 tackles for loss, 21 sacks, 1 interception, 2 forced fumbles, 3 fumble recoveries.

Draft projection: Fourth round.

Lowdown: A native of Washington, D.C., Ngakoue set a Maryland record and finished second in the country with 13.5 sacks in 2015, deciding to leave school a year early for the NFL. He produced 45 quarterback pressures, according to nfl.com. … Ngakoue has impressive athleticism and showed at Maryland he can rush the passer from a variety of different spots. … There is some concern among scouts about his ability to develop counter moves if an offensive lineman is able to handle his speed rush. Another knock against him is that some of his production came on plays in which he wasn’t blocked or the opposing quarterback held the ball too long. ... Asked to set the edge at Maryland, but had just 1.5 tackles for losses that came on plays that weren’t sacks, so isn’t a big difference-maker in that regard.

They said it: “The early entry from Maryland has flown under the radar a bit. Ngakoue has a great motor and obvious awareness to know when the quarterback is climbing the pocket, altering his target point accordingly.” – Rotoworld’s Josh Norris

---Jay Skurski

The Buffalo News is profiling 50 prospects in 50 days leading up to the NFL Draft, which begins April 28.

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