Mark Ingram   RB   Alabama

TALENT BOARD

 Round 1


 

STRENGTHS

Mark has good size and bulk to play his position.  He has very quick feet, excellent vision to make cuts in the hole with strength and power to break tackles.  He shows an excellent burst along with the patience needed to set up blocks.  Mark is the type of back that can be used in any style of offensive system.  He is smart and can catch the ball out of the backfield as good as any back that has come out of college.  Mark has the mental strength to be a franchise back.  He shows on film the ability to make the big play in the big games and makes the players around him better.  He is the type of back that offensive linemen dream about and defensive linemen have nightmares about.  I call him Mark (The Dream) Ingram.  He reminds me a lot of Emmitt Smith (HOF RB, Dallas Cowboys and the 17th pick of the 1990 draft). 

 

CONCERNS

I could nit pick and tell you he needs to block better and read defenses, etc, but the truth is all of that would be a bunch of BS.  The kid needs to get on the field and do his business.  It looks like he has healed completely from his knee operation, so draft him and put him on the field.

   

BOTTOM LINE

Rob and I talk all the time about running backs and wide receivers and how you can find good talent at these positions pretty much anywhere in the draft.  Then along comes a player like Mark and I have to tell you that if you need a franchise running back, you are a fool to pass on this kid and think you are going to draft a running back later in the draft who will give you the impact that this kid will give you.  Mark is a stronger version of Ray Rice (RB Ravens) who I listed as a top ten pick when he came out.  You can find a good running back in any round of the draft, but what you cannot find is a running back who will make your QB better like Emmitt Smith did, and Ray Rice does. Young QB's need a franchise running back to lean on until they can learn to be franchise QB's.  That's what Emmitt Smith did for Troy Aikman.  Alabama's running game made McElroy a better QB and Mark will do the same thing for the NFL team that drafts him.  That is the difference in finding a good running back at any point in the draft and drafting Mark.  Mark will carry your team until the rest of the offense catches up to him and learns how to be the best that it can be.  Mark is a weapon because he can play in any style of offense and impact.  He can play in a spread offense or a two back set or the pistol offense or play in the wildcat.  Mark is the type of running back that has to be accounted for on every play by more than one defensive player.  Yes, you can find a good running back to fit your system anyplace in the draft.  However, what you rarely find is a back around which teams build an offensive system.  That's what happened when the Cowboys drafted Emmitt, that's what is happening right now with the Ravens and that is what will happen for the team that drafts Mark.  You're not adding a good running back to your team when you draft Mark, you are building your running game.  I would think teams like the Giants, Lions,  Dolphins, Packers and Steelers would be very interested in Mark, but the truth is that every team should be interested.

 

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 Drew Boylhart    Jan/11