Viking trade from a year ago today

October 18, 2020; Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States; Atlanta Falcons running back Ito Smith (25) and Minnesota Vikings defensive end Yannick Ngakoue (91) in action during the game at US Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

On August 30, 2020, Yannick Ngakoue was traded to the Minnesota Vikings early on a Sunday morning for a 2sd– Round pick in 2021 and conditional fifth round pick in 2022. Ngakoue was at a contractual stalemate with the Jacksonville Jaguars, a team in liquidation after reaching the AFC championship in 2017. The Vikings grabbed the team. bait and sought to employ a duo of EDGE rushers that would inspire nightmares.

But the couple Danielle Hunter and Yannick Ngakoue were a pipe dream. Hunter hasn’t played a single football game in the 2020 season.

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Instead of Hunter and Ngakoue wreaking havoc on Sunday afternoon, Minnesota opted for an experience of Ifeadi Odenigbo and Ngakoue as their defensive end. It didn’t go well.

The 2020 Vikings pass rush was miserable – the worst in the NFL, in fact – and the Hunter-Ngakoue utopia was, in fact, dystopian.

Why? Because a year ago today, the Ngakoue trial ended with a groan. The pass was traded to the Baltimore Ravens, which looked like a clearance sale start as the Vikings fell 1-5 at the start of the 2020 holiday week.

The fire sale never extended beyond Ngakoue, but Minnesota adamantly threw in the towel on the high hopes of their 2020 pass rush. Instead, Odenigbo received more time from game, providing the coaching staff with information that he was not a long-term starting asset on the defensive line. He was released last spring.

Ngakoue collected a handful of bags for the 1-5 Vikings during the pandemic season, but his existence on the team is now one of the legends of comedy. The trade was miserable – and costly.

General Manager Rick Spielman spent this 2sd– Round pick for six matches of a passer in a 1-5 team. Not beautiful – especially when the 2sd Round is widely known for Spielman’s triumphs. This is the turn he found Dalvin Cook, Eric Kendricks, Brian O’Neill and Irv Smith Jr.

However, the trade after the trade of Ngakoue is still under construction. Ngakoue didn’t last long for the Ravens – he doesn’t play there anymore – so the Vikings sort of got the best of Baltimore in the payback deal.

Trade is spoiling? Ngakoue went to the Ravens for the remainder of 2020 and signed with the Las Vegas Raiders thereafter in free agency. The Vikings received a 2021 3rd-Rounder, which was used to select Patrick Jones II from the University of Pittsburgh. Jones may have a bright future, but he doesn’t play much for the Vikings in 2021.

Spielman also received a conditional 5e– Round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft for Ngakoue in addition to Jones. All the merits of the exchange will be played out next spring.

In contrast, the Jaguars used the 2sd-Round capital from Ngakoue trade To the Vikings on offensive tackle Walker Little. And within his rookie season so far in Jacksonville, Little has played just one offensive snap.

The “who won the trade?” Is a work in progress. If Little ends up as a staunch tackle with the Jaguars, the Vikings will get the short end of the stick. If Jones is finally starting for the Vikings, then Minnesota will look chic.

The current losers are the Baltimore Ravens. They offered the Vikings two draft picks for three sacks and 11 tackles on 348 Ngakoue’s defensive snaps (during his brief tenure with the Ravens). He was supposed to help the defense in the middle of a playoff push, but Baltimore lost in the playoff divisional round to the Buffalo Bills.

In the end, here’s the three-way conglomerate of trade loot:

Minnesota received:

6 games by Yannick Ngakoue

Patrick Jones II (DE)

2022 Conditional 5e Round pickaxe

Jacksonville received:

Little Walker (OT)

2022 Conditional 5e Round pickaxe

Baltimore received:

9 Games by Yannick Ngakoue

Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun sawh and Sally from Minneapolis. Its Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Guilty pleasures listed: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, “The Sopranos” and The Doors (the band).

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