2011 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama

by Cory J. Bonini on March 10, 2011 @ 23:29:26 PDT

 


The 2009 Heisman Trophy winner, Alabama junior running back Mark Ingram, has thrown his name into the ring for the 2011 NFL Draft.

Ingram missed the first two games (minor knee surgery) of 2010 but managed to average 5.5 yards per carry and rush for 13 touchdowns. His '09 season: 1,658 rushing yards, 334 receiving yards and 20 total touchdowns. He leads Alabama's all-time list with 42 rushing touchdowns.

Strengths

  • Powerful, downhill inside runner
  • Excellent size (5-foot-10, 215 pounds)
  • Low center of gravity - fantastic balance
  • Mark Ingram, draft prospect
    Ingram leads RB class
    Capable of bouncing plays outside and has enough speed to turn the corner
  • Ball security - only two career fumbles
  • Field awareness and superb vision
  • Cutback ability - shifty if cornered
  • Proficient receiving skills
  • NFL bloodlines (father played wideout)
  • Instinctive but patient runner
  • Impressive acceleration and burst
  • Leg drive - keeps feet moving after contact
  • Runs with passion and heart

Weaknesses

  • Average straight-line speed (4.61 at the Scouting Combine; unofficial 4.47 and 4.53 at his Pro Day)
  • Mild durability concerns
  • Pass protection needs to be refined

Expected draft placement

Ingram will be a first-round pick in April's draft; it's just a matter of how early he will be chosen. Teams that could be interested: Washington Redskins (No. 10), Miami Dolphins (No. 15), New England Patriots (No. 17), New York Giants (No. 19) and New Orleans Saints (No. 24).

The Dolphins make sense, with both Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams' futures with the team in doubt. New England has two first-round choices and a lot of question marks in their backfield. The Pats are good enough across the board that adding Ingram at No. 17 would be a wise move.

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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