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Melvin Ingram

Position OLB School South Carolina
Height 6' 1 1/2" Weight 264 lbs
Class RS Senior Number
All-Star Senior Bowl 40 Time ---

2011

Summary

Ingram is a bit of an enigma. He didn’t become a starter until his senior season and has bounced between outside linebacker and defense end at South Carolina. However, he had an outstanding senior season and showed that he is a scheme diverse prospect. Most likely, Ingram will wind up playing 3-4 outside linebacker for an NFL team, but needs to put a lot of polish on his game. A tremendous Senior Bowl performance gave Ingram some late momentum going into the draft.

Strengths

Thick build with low center of gravity. Flashes the ability to hit the edge faster than his timed speed indicates. Active hands but still developing in this area. Provides versatility as he was shifted inside to tackle in pass situations at time and bounced between outside linebacker and defensive end. Understands how to use leverage and can hold his own inside. Uses quickness and leverage to beat the blocker. Tenacious and aggressive in pass rush.

Weaknesses

Doesn’t have the speed or quick first step of NFL rush backers and may be relegated to playing strong side OLB in a 3-4. Limited production and experience is cause for concern. Still developing pass rush technique and was limited in coverage. A bit of a ‘jack of all trades, master of none’ player. Has some trouble setting the edge and will let the blocker get into his body when caught off guard. Has missed his share of tackles by going for the big hit (dropping head and leaving his feet). High motor and good pursuit.