By Nicholas Minnix on April 28, 2011
Fantasy analysis: The Saints may not have expected Ingram to slip to 28th overall, but they were eager to trade up once he did. Questions about his durability are faint, at this stage of the game, but New Orleans may have the depth to offset any contribution to the running back's perceivably long-term inability to stay healthy. Ingram probably isn't much of a risk in that regard, anyway.
At first, New Orleans' backfield might seem crowded, but the writing is on the wall for Reggie Bush. The organization re-signed Pierre Thomas to a somewhat modest long-term deal, and Chris Ivory proved to be an explosive commodity in his rookie season. But the Saints know that they can't rely heavily on a truly injury-prone Thomas, and Ivory, while he's dangerous in the open field, doesn't have great vision between the tackles and is still a liability in pass protection.
Ingram, in essence, doesn't bring any of these concerns. Although there's uncertainty about how natural a receiver he is or how good a blocker he is, the Saints must believe that he's more than capable. Their other backs satisfy the receiving requirement well, anyway. In his first season, Ingram could be a boring but reliable fantasy player. You might expect inconsistency, given the way the Saints have employed their backs under Sean Payton, but the 2009 Heisman winner gives Payton something he hasn't had yet: a potential workhorse.