NFL Draft Analysis: Cornelius Ingram, TE, Florida Gators

by Cory J. Bonini on February 19, 2009 @ 00:00:00 PDT

 


A converted quarterback out of high school, Florida Gators tight end Cornelius Ingram (knee) enters the 2009 NFL Draft having missed his entire senior season. Ingram suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament during a fall practice in 2008 and was forced to watch from the sidelines all year long. The second-team All-Southeastern Conference player was a candidate for the John Mackey Award (nation's best tight end) in 2007. He caught 34 passes for 508 yards and seven touchdowns as a junior.

Strengths

  • Highly athletic with a nice combination of speed (expected sub-4.6 40 time) and size (6-foot-3 3/4, 245 pounds) to create mismatches
  • An excellent pass catcher with soft hands
  • Excels over the middle of the field and finds holes to sit in against zone coverage
  • Makes difficult catches in traffic
  • Versatile - can line up in the slot

Weaknesses

  • Character concerns after an eviction and accusations of damages to a Gainesville, Fla. apartment
  • Not a great straight-line blocker
  • Could add weight to his frame
  • Recovering from a major injury that cost him the development of his senior season
  • A "tweener" player who may get lost in the NFL or moved to an H-back role

Expected draft placement

Ingram is going to intrigue teams that need a pass-catching tight end. Some of these teams already run or are planning to use a spread offense. The Buffalo Bills, Baltimore Ravens, Kansas City Chiefs, Philadelphia Eagles, Detroit Lions and Atlanta Falcons are all realistic possibilities in the second round of the draft. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Carolina Panthers and New York Giants could find themselves in position to take Ingram as a luxury selection, too. Ingram could slide into the third round depending upon how healthy his knee is and how teams view his character, but it is highly unlikely for him to freefall into the fourth round.

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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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