Melvin Ingram

1st Round Winners: San Diego Chargers

The San Diego Chargers, somewhat unexpectedly, took a patient approach to the draft and came with one of the potential steals of the 1st round.

There were rumors that the Chargers were interested in trading up for Mark Barron, which would have been a desperation move in what may be the final year of the A.J. Smith/Norv Turner era. But they stayed put and ended up with Melvin Ingram, who could have an even bigger impact on the Chargers defense.

The pairing of Ingram and Shaun Phillips gives the Chargers two quality pass rushers, something which they have been lacking since Shawne Merriman began to decline.

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San Diego Chargers select Melvin Ingram, Grade A+

This was a dream scenario for the San Diego Chargers. They needed to add another pass rusher, but no one expected Melvin Ingram to be on the board at this point draft.

Ingram already has experience playing with his hand off the ground which should ease his transition into the Chargers 3-4 defense. His versatility could also allow the Chargers to get a little more creative on defensive if they have any interest in morphing into more of a hybrid defense, rather than the pure 3-4 which they have run in recent years.

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Jets prepared to trade up, possibly into top 10

It  has been widely reported that the New York Jets have Trent Richardson at the top of their draft board. It has also been reported that the top pass rusher on their board in Melvin Ingram.

Neither player is going to be on the board at No.16, which means the Jets will need to trade up to land one of their primary targets, and they’re prepared to do just that.

The Jaguars, who own the 7th pick, are a likely trade partner. If they move up to No. 7, the Jets would target Ingram with that selection.

In order to move up into the top 10, the Jets will need to part with their 1st and 2nd round picks this year, and likely another mid-round pick (3rd or 4th round) in 2013.

At this point it sounds as though it’s only a matter of “when” rather than “if” the Jets move up.

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Jets interested in trading up for Melvin Ingram

According to Tony Pauline of DraftInsider.net, the New York Jets are interested in trading up in the 1st round for Melvin Ingram.

To land Ingram the Jets may need to move into the top 10 (Pauline suggests the Jaguars as a potential trade partner). It would be a bold move, but one that makes sense if the Jets feel as though they are a pass rusher away from contending for the Super Bowl.

Taking Ingram in the top 10 may be a slight reach, but I can’t fault the Jets for moving up to land their guy. This is a fairly weak class of pass rushers, and a team on the verge of contention can always justify moving up to fill their most glaring hole.

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Buffalo Bills interested in Courtney Upshaw?

Now that the Buffalo Bills have fully committed to the 4-3 defense – after two years stuck somewhere in between schemes – mock drafts are popping up all over the internet with the Bills linked to a defensive end.

The most popular choice seems to be Alabama’s Courtney Upshaw, who played a hybrid linebacker/end role for the Crimson Tide.

Upshaw has 1st-round talent, but would be a reach in the top 10.

While I certainly understand the logic behind the Upshaw/Bills connection, I don’t think he’s a great fit in Buffalo.

As much as I like Upshaw, he shouldn’t be in the top 10 of any draft board belonging to a team which runs the 4-3 defense. He can be an effective pass rusher in that system, but he struggles against the run. He simply lacks the strength to consistently shed blocks, especially when he’s lined up at the point of attack.

That’s not to say he can’t start at defensive end at the next level, but the Bills could get much better value at No. 10. As a defensive end, Upshaw compares favorably to a guy like Jabaal Sheard. He a solid pass rusher, and holds his own in the run game, but not someone you want to build your defensive line around.

If the Bills are committed to improving their defensive line in this draft, their best strategy may be to trade down. This isn’t a great class of ends at the top, but there are up to seven prospects who could warrant mid-to-late 1st round picks. The Bills could potentially slide back a few slots and still land a guy like Nick Perry or Melvin Ingram, both of whom fit into the 4-3 scheme better than Upshaw.

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Melvin Ingram scouting report

Melvin Ingram DE South Carolina #6
Ht: 6’2″Wt: 276  
Strengths:
Impressive strength. Plays with a constant motor. Impressive speed and athleticism for his size. Speed/strength combination makes him tough to block; can lower his shoulder and get around the edge, or simply bull rush his way into the backfield. Also has a nice spin move in his repertoire. Surprisingly effective dropping into coverage. Effective wrap-up tackler and a hard hitter. Experienced lining up at end, tackle and linebacker.
Weaknesses:
Only one year of starting experience. Kind of an awkward athlete, and would probably benefit from losing some weight. Plays out of control at times; doesn’t take good angles in pursuit. Doesn’t always play with good balance and leverage. Spends too much time on the ground. Needs to do a better job keeping his eyes in the backfield; seems to lose track of the ball carrier too often. Missed entire 2008 season with broken foot. Suffered a broken hand in 2010, but played through.
Comments:
Ingram has a ton of potential, which will likely land him in the mid-to-late 1st round. However, there are some concerns about his ability to transition to the next level. At South Carolina he lined up at various spots on the field in different situations to best utilize his strengths. That type of versatility is certainly an asset for a players trying to earn playing time, but few starters rotate positions throughout the course of a game. Due to his versatility and overall skill set, he may be most valuable to the teams which run some form of a hybrid 3-4/4-3 defense, and need players capable of adjusting their roles (Colts, Ravens, Jets, Patriots – to name a few). Ingram definitely has a high bust factor because, despite his talent, he just doesn’t have an obvious role in the NFL.
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Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in Scouting Reports - 2012 1 Comment