He finished his career at Maryland fourth in career sacks (21.5), sixth in career tackles-for-loss yards (176) and eighth in career tackles-for-loss (33). According to FOX Sports’ NFL draft site, Ngakoue is rated as the eighth-best defensive end in the 2016 class and projects between the first and third rounds.
“We are thrilled for Yannick and his family that he has made this decision to pursue his lifelong dream of playing in the NFL,” Maryland interim head coach Mike Locksley said in a statement. “After speaking with Yannick and his family, he feels that he is prepared to take this step in his football career and we support his decision. We wish him well and look forward to seeing him compete at the highest level.”