Mark Ingram: 2011 NFL Draft Prospects
Running back Mark Ingram (H: 5’10″ – W: 215 – College: Alabama)
2009 Heisman Memorial Trophy winner Mark Ingram is widely-considered the top back in the 2011 NFL Draft. The Crimson Tide offense revolved around Ingram the last two seasons. Alabama was content to use a two-back system in each of Ingram’s three years on the team.
In that Heisman-winning season, Ingram had 271 carries for 1,658 yards (6.1 ypc) and 20 total TDs. He was also named the offensive MVP in the National Championship game that year after rushing for 116 yards and two TDs.
Ingram played high school football in Flint, Michigan where he excelled as a running back, cornerback and also as a track and field athlete. Rivals.com rated him a four-star athlete in the 2008 class.
In his 2010 season, his carries were nearly cut in half but he still managed to score 14 total TDs. He also missed the first two games of the season due to a minor knee injury. Ultimately, he decided to forgo his senior season to declare himself eligible in the 2011 NFL Draft.
At the NFL combine, Ingram dispelled the many speculations that he lacked speed by running a 4.62 40-yard dash as well as multiple times at 4.55 during the Alabama pro day.
Strengths: Does almost everything well. Great patience as a runner. Allows the line to develop and find the hole. Terrific balance and center of gravity. Maintains a low pad level. Pretty good burst when he needs it. Didn’t miss too many games and has an adequate frame and thickness for NFL punishment. Highly productive as the primary-ball carrier in 2009. Can run guys over. Good ball skills as a receiver.
Weaknesses: No obvious weaknesses. Lacks great straight-line speed. Will need to learn how to use his weight more effectively in tight spaces and take on defenders one-on-one. Must prove he can remain durable due to minor injury after a heavy-carry season.
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