4 former draft picks the Jacksonville Jaguars wish they could bring back
No. 1 draft pick the Jacksonville Jaguars would like back: Yannick Ngakoue
The case could be made that cornerback Jalen Ramsey should have made this list but Jaguars fans are divided on him, so he didn't. Although the team's brass mishandled contract negotiations, he didn't address the situation with grace, which is why he was shipped to the Los Angeles Rams.
Another player that might not have approached contract talks with the Jaguars the right way is defensive end Yannick Ngakoue, who publicly feuded with Tony Khan. Like Ramsey, he was part of Jacksonville's 2016 class and a key cog on the 2017 team that reached the AFC Championship. Unlike Ramsey, there was (maybe there still is) a slim chance he returns to Jacksonville.
Earlier this year, Michael DiRocco of ESPN reported that Ngakoue wouldn't be opposed to a reunion with the Jags. Although there haven't been any other reports since then, the Maryland product remains unsigned, so he could still agree to a deal in the upcoming months.
All things considered, the Jaguars should have Ngakoue on speed dial. Although it feels like forever since he was shipped out of Jacksonville, he's just 28 and has been highly productive wherever he's played. In four seasons with the Jags, he registered 37.5 sacks and seven forced fumbles. In the three years since then, he's had 27.5 sacks and seven forced fumbles.
The Jags surely want to see what they have on their young players but they shouldn't rule out the chance of adding a player of Ngakoue's caliber to bolster their pass rush rotation.