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Roundtable reactions: Ravens trade for DE Yannick Ngakoue

The Baltimore Beatdown staff share their opinions on the breaking news trade for DE Yannick Ngakoue

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The Baltimore Ravens announced their trade for Vikings DE Yannick Ngakoue and what better than to read and respond to the reactions of Baltimore Beatdown contributors’ thoughts regarding the recent addition?


Brilliant. A fair trade for a title shot. The Ravens add a true pass rusher who already notched five sacks in six games in 2020, and did so by only sending a third-round pick (and a conditional fifth-round pick). This is exactly the boost Baltimore’s defense needs. Ngakoue is a playmaker and this move solidifies their defense to make a glorious run. After all the speculation articles, it’s finally come true. — Kyle P. Barber


After being linked to the Ravens for quite some time, Baltimore finally finds a way to pair up with Yannick Ngakoue. Eric DeCosta once again lands a great talent at great value, and Ngakoue will make an already-potent defense even better. Ngakoue and Calais Campbell were a fearsome duo for the Jaguars in 2017 and are now teammates again. Both players already have a combined nine sacks this season and between them, Matthew Judon, Brandon Williams and others, the Ravens defensive front is loaded. Also, he’s from the DMV area, which is never a bad bonus. — Frank J. Platko


The Ravens prove that they want to win on defense, by going all in. The rich get richer. Baltimore’s defense is already averaging 3.7 sacks per game, good for third in the NFL. Ngakoue makes the Ravens defense bulletproof. A twitched up speed rusher with a bevy of moves to work with, hes a strip sack specialist. This will allow the Ravens to get even more creative with their other outside linebacker’s, keep Pernell McPhee fresh and go all in. While I don’t think they’re done yet, the Ravens appear to be all in on 2020. They can franchise tag Ngakoue, or will revive a 2022 third-round comp pick if he leaves. Amazing. — Spencer Schultz


For those lamenting the lack of significant or consistent (or both) pass rushing, here’s your move. Ngakoue has four sacks so far on the season and will provide immediate juice to Baltimore’s front in a way that they don’t currently have - that is, via speed rush. With Matt Judon and Calais Campbell bringing it via power and bullrushing, the perfect complement is now added in Ngakoue, a player that the Ravens already tried to acquire over the offseason. If Derek Wolfe is able to get fully healthy and settle into the lineup as was expected, he and Yannick will bring a new element to this already ferocious defense as we enter the second half of the season. — Jake Louque


Ngakoue immediately solidifies Baltimore’s defense as the best in the NFL. The Ravens have had issues getting to the QB without blitzing, but adding Ngakoue to Calais Campbell, Matthew Judon, Pernell McPhee, and Tyus Bowser should go a long way in fixing that problem. Eric DeCosta continues to show that he is all on a Super Bowl after trading for Marcus Peters last year, Campbell this offseason, and now Ngakoue. — Dustin Cox


This is exactly what the Ravens need. I’ll say it again. Exactly that they need. You know how the Steelers have T.J. Watt and Bud Dupree wreaking havoc for every offense in every game this season? Now the Ravens have the ability to do exactly that. The only way to stop the firepower of guys like Mahomes, Big Ben, Josh Allen, and quite frankly any gunslinger the Ravens may face in the playoffs is pressuring the QB. Now that Calais Campbell is coming into his own, all I can say is watch out for the Baltimore Ravens. They are all in for a Super Bowl run, and I fully respect Eric DeCosta for recognizing that there is a problem that needs to be fixed. There was no shot the Ravens would beat the best AFC teams without a game changer like Ngakoue. Additionally, the compensation for pulling off this trade is totally absorbable. A Super Bowl run before Baltimore’s best players enter their contract years is fully necessary. There is no better time than now. Go get the Lombardi. — Adrian Charchalis


Yannick Ngakoue is an incredible edge rushing force and has been for his entire career. He’s shown countless times that he has an innate ability to force fumbles and pressure the quarterback in real ways. He’s been having a good year so far already with the Vikings, with two forced fumbles and five sacks only six games into the season. Now he reunites with his old teammate Calais Campbell to construct what can now only be considered one of the top defensive lines in the NFL. Oh, and he’s only 25 years old. The Ravens may have just landed a player that can stick around for a very long time. — Peter Daubert


It is surprising to see the Vikings trade Ngakoue less than two months after they acquired him. He had five sacks in six games for the Vikings. Nevertheless, this is another excellent trade by Eric DeCosta, who continues to acquire top-level talent without giving up major assets. The Ravens were tied for second in the NFL in total sacks with 22, but adding an elite pass rusher in Ngakoue strengthens an already exceptional defense. In his four seasons with the Jaguars, he had 37.5 sacks. The 25-year-old can help the Ravens compete for a Super Bowl this season and be a part of the team’s core for years to come. — Jakob Ashlin