Monday, April 18, 2011

How About Mark Ingram?

Mark Ingram Jr. is the son of former NFL wide receiver Mark Ingram Sr. The elder Ingram was Drafted by The New York Giants in 1987. Mark would spend his first 6 seasons in New York, coincidentally Bill Belichick was also a member of that Giants coaching staff.

Ingram Jr. has been linked to the New England Patriots by almost every Draft expert around. This morning Ingram fueled that fire via twitter.

In 2009 as a sophomore at Alabama Mark Ingram won the Heisman Trophy, it was the first time a member of The Crimson Tide won the award. Mark did it by rushing for 1,658 yards (school record) on a 14-0 Alabama team that would end up winning the 2010 BCS Championship.

Mark's 2010 season started off slow due to a minor off-season knee surgery. He'd end up playing in Alabama's third game against Duke, the match ended up being extremely one sided as The Crimson tide won 62-13. Ingram rushed for 152 yards with 2 TD's. The 2009 Heisman Award winner would go on to have a somewhat disappointing season with only 875 rushing yards, but almost always game up with big plays when Alabama needed him most. On January 6th Ingram announced that he'd enter the 2011 NFL Draft.

At times dominant in the college game, Ingram also projects well to the next level. He is a load to bring down at 5'10' and 215 pounds. His speed for that kind of frame is impressive, as he has been clocked as fast as 4.42 in the 40-yard dash. Ingram has decent hands for catching passes out of the backfield, although he should improve both his catching and his speed if he wants to have the same kind of success on Sundays. Block and getting to the outside edge are areas on which he will work.

The knee injury is no longer a real concern and Ingram looks like the best running back available in a relatively weak RB class. His superb version and ability to run between the tackles will serve him well at the next level...and on draft day. Ingram will likely be selected in the middle of the first round.

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