Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue is only in his third season as a pro and probably hasn't reached his peak yet, but the 23-year-old already thinks he's the best pass rusher in the NFL.
In a feature piece with Bleacher Report's Tyler Dunne, Ngakoue believes he's already above the likes of Von Miller, J.J. Watt, Aaron Donald and Khalil Mack, who all post double digit sacks on an annual basis.
"Not enough people know that No. 91 for the Jaguars is the top edge-rusher in this league," Ngakoue said. "I am the best. I am the best pass-rusher in this league. I'm No. 1 at what I do. Definitely."
Ngakoue has 20 career sacks, entering Jacksonville's hyped up Week 2 contest with the New England Patriots, a rematch of last year's AFC Championship game. Ngakoue had eight sacks in his rookie year then brought it up to 12 in 2017.
"I'm No. 1. I don't care about any other guy. That's how I feel. I know what I can do," Ngakoue said. "I feel like I've shown that these past two seasons. And this third one is going to be crazy."
Drafted in the third round by the Jaguars in 2016, the Maryland product has quickly developed into one of the game's top young defensive players. And though you have to admire Ngakoue's confidence, he's not quite on the level of the aforementioned likes of Miller, Mack, Donald and Watt.
Teammate Calais Campbell also belongs in the debate about the NFL's top pass rusher. He registered a career best 14.5 sacks for the Jaguars last season, taking their defense to the next level and getting them to the AFC Championship Game.
Ngakoue is young and can definitely take his game to another level under head coach Doug Marrone, who didn't need much time to turn this young defense into a juggernaut. Ngakoue isn't in the same class of Miller, Watt and the other elite pass rushers, but he could enter that conversation much sooner than you think.