The Baltimore Ravens’ odds of representing the AFC in the Super Bowl this season just got better with their trade Thursday for Minnesota Vikings edge rusher, Yannick Ngakoue.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Ravens are sending the Vikings a pair of draft picks, including a third-rounder in 2021.
Vikings and Ravens finalizing a trade to send DE Yannick Ngakoue to Baltimore for a 2021 third-round pick and a 2022 conditional fifth-round pick, sources tell ESPN.
Vikings initially sent 2021 second-round pick and 2022 conditional fifth-round pick to Jags. Now get most back.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 22, 2020
“Baltimore has attempted to acquire Yannick Ngakoue multiple times in recent months; Ngakoue hoped to land in Baltimore all along,” added Schefter. “He grew up in Bowie, Md., starred at Maryland, then was drafted by Jacksonville. Baltimore is his third team in three months, but what he wanted.”
At 1-5 and already four games behind the Chicago Bears in the NFC North, the Vikings are planning for next year. Adding a third-round pick in the 2021 draft is a net loss from where Minnesota began the offseason. They traded a 2021 second-round pick to the Jaguars for Ngakoue over the summer.
Ngakoue has five sacks in six games this season and will instantly upgrade a Ravens pass rush that’s currently led by Calais Campbell (four sacks).