Photo of Cornelius Ingram
Grade
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  • 4.68 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 21 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 33.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.12 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.53 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 6'4" Height
  • 245LBS. Weight

Overview

Lost to a torn ACL in August, Ingram presents an intriguing option for teams willing to gamble a mid-round pick on an athletic receiving specialist in the mode of Dallas Clark or Vernon Davis. Before the injury, Ingram ranked as one of the elite athletes in a strong crop of senior tight ends. With no remaining eligibility for a redshirt, however, he'll have to prove healthy enough for teams to warrant using a draft pick. The second-team All-SEC pick caught 34 passes for 508 yards (a stellar 14.9-yard average) and seven touchdowns in 2007 and appeared poised to at least match these numbers as a senior before the injury. Unable to play in 2008, Ingram has instead focused on his rehabilitation. If he can prove his health, he'll join an ever-growing line of receiving tight ends who NFL offensive coordinators hope can cause matchup problems with linebackers and safeties. Had an arm span of 34 1/2 inches and a hand span of 9 3/4 inches at the combine.

Analysis

Strengths

Positives: Good height for the position. Reliable hands, often catching the ball away from his body. Good release off the line, and can handle press coverage from safeties. Very quick across the middle on crossing routes, causing matchup issues for linebackers. Drops his hips into routes, and gets off plant foot quickly. Finds holes in zones and presents a nice target. Runs with a lean after the catch, and can bounce off tackles to get yards after contact. Willing blocker who attacks the second level on run plays from the slot. Negatives: Has to prove he has recovered from the torn ACL that kept him on the sideline for his entire senior season. Has a wideout build in upper body and legs. A stand-up tight end who lines up in the slot or closer to the tackle, and must learn to get out of three-point stance. Does not offer much in terms of in-line blocking because of his lack of bulk. Needs to sustain blocks longer on the edge. Does not have elite speed to separate from safeties or quick linebackers, but can make the tough catch when covered.
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.
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