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Mark Ingram (RB)
  • Height:
    5'9"
  • Weight:
    215 lbs.
  • Arm Length:
    30 3/4 in.
  • Hand Size:
    9 1/2 in.
  • College:
    Alabama
  • Conference:
    SEC
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Selected by: New Orleans Saints
Round: 1
Pick (Overall): 28 (28)

Pick Analysis: Sean Payton adds a workhorse to his backfield with the selection of Ingram. He gives them a physical runner with outstanding vision and toughness to direct between the tackles. While Pierre Thomas and Reggie Bush could still be prominent factors in the Saints' ground attack, the addition of Ingram makes them a more physical and dynamic offense.
Combine Stats
  • 40 Yard Dash4.62 sec
  • Bench Press21.0 reps
  • Vertical Jump31.5 inch
  • Broad Jump118.0 inch
  • 3 Cone Drill7.13 sec
  • 20 Yard Shuttle4.62 sec
  • 60 Yard Shuttle- -
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Overview

Ingram projects as an every-down back who can make an impact on the ground and in the passing game. One of the most polished running back prospects in recent memory. Has rare natural running sense in terms of vision and patience. Great short area speed and burst to hit the hole, make defenders miss, and get to the perimeter. Runs low, breaks tackles, and usually falls forward. Dangerous receiver in the screen game and as a check down. Shows good effort and awareness in pass protection. Has not been asked to shoulder the entire load to this point, but Ingram's still a first-round prospect.


Strengths

Ingram possesses a great build and good top-end speed. Highly-competitive runner. Seldom goes down on first contact. Displays rare awareness, vision and patience. Waits for holes to develop, sets up his blockers, sees the cutback and explodes up field. Can make defenders miss in the hole and in space. Fast enough to get the corner. Contributes as a receiver and blocker.

Weaknesses

Not many areas of weakness in his game. Dealt with minor injuries in college. Shared the load all three season at Alabama (only two games of 20+ carries as a junior). Is not an ideal pile-pusher in short yardage but usually finds a way to gain the first down or the goal line.

Grade

8.3

 

Video Playlist

  1. Saints pick Mark Ingram No. 28

    Published: April 28, 2011 at 11:25 p.m.

    The Saints trade their first-round pick in 2012 to New England and move up to select Alabama RB Mark Ingram.

  2. Mark Ingram interview

    Published: April 28, 2011 at 11:30 p.m.

    Mark Ingram, the Saints' newest player, talks about his excitement to play in New Orleans and be drafted in the first round.

  3. 2011 Draft Profile - RB Mark Ingram, Alabama

    Published: April 8, 2011 at 12:30 p.m.

    A look at draft prospect Alabama running back Mark Ingram.

  4. Grading Ingram

    Published: March 9, 2011 at 06:32 p.m.

    Is Alabama RB Mark Ingram worth a first-round pick? The "Path to the Draft" crew debates.

  5. First Draft: Mark Ingram

    Published: March 8, 2011 at 07:20 p.m.

    Get a first look at the top running back prospect in the 2011 NFL Draft, Mark Ingram.

  6. 2011 combine workout: Mark Ingram

    Published: March 7, 2011 at 05:14 p.m.

    Watch Alabama RB Mark Ingram work out at the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine.

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