Draft Stock: He will not fall past the New York Jets at #16 although they might trade up even higher .
Melvin Ingram was a vital part of South Carolina's defense in 2011. He is an undersized, high-motor defensive end that has been a productive player in spite of his size. He is a bit ahort in terms of height and arm length, but he makes up for his shortcomings with sheer tenacity. Some are starting to compare him to Robert Mathis and Dwight Freeney of the Indianapolis Colts.
+ Gifted Athlete
Ingram has been a very versatile player for the Gamecocks, lining up in multiple positions on the front seven. alwayys seeming to be around the football. Not only that, he is athletic enough to make spectacular plays on special teams
- Jack of all Trades, Master of None
While Ingram is a versatile player, he isn't particularly great at any one of his positions. He'll make the occassional impressive spin move to get to the QB or interception in coverage, but he isn't consistent enough to warrant a Top 10 pick..
- He Fits a 3-4 Defense almost exclusively
As you will notice during the game,he does most of his damage when he isn't really engaged with a lineman. He certainly fits the mold of an OLB . He is athletic enough to play in coverage and he has enough moves to get to the passer on a rush, which makes him an almost perfect fit as a a 3-4 OLB. It also explains why the New York Jets seem to be so high on him.
11 tackles, 3.5 sacks, and an interception against the Auburn Tigers. I'm sure you'll notice his athleticism as he chases down the quarterback and intercepts the fake punt. However, you must also notice that when he is lined up on the outside, he rarely just engages the offensive lineman in front of him. Instead, he just takes a step back, keeps his eyes on the backfield and sifts through bodies as he runs toward the ball. That just screams linebacker.
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