- Name: Melvin Ingram
- Height: 6’1
- Weight: 264
- School: South Carolina
- Year: Senior
- Draft Projection: Mid-1st
In a year without a clear cut top pass rusher, there is room for an unorthodox talent to be the first edge player off the board. Despite being undersized and really not having a true position at the next level, Melvin Ingram has become a potential top ten pick due to outstanding athleticism and a quality track record of production in the SEC. Ingram’s footwork in tight spaces allows him to disengage from blockers and use his athleticism to get around the edge before anyone can get a good hold of him. Despite being shorter than is ideal, he has base strength and can hold his own at the point of attack. Ingram’s got experience at multiple positions along the line and has shown the ability to get to the passer from each one. He’s fluid in space and in his movements, allowing him to get around corners and make plays in the open field.
Whether it is his relative lack of height or his short arms, size is always going to be an issue with Ingram. His short arms give him problems keeping distance from offensive tackles, leaving him vulnerable to getting engulfed in the run game. At that size and with those limitations against the run, there are serious questions as to whether or not Ingram can thrive in a three down role. He may be more of a pass rushing specialist or somebody who needs space if he is going to be a disruptive force. Ultimately, Ingram may be a guy who needs a good schematical fit to reach his true potential.
Fantasy Outlook…Ingram’s got pass rushing potential, but he is likely not going to be a high tackle guy, nor does he offer huge upside as a rusher. He’s likely a guy to be patient with in dynasty leagues and should not come at a premium price in rookie drafts.