Melvin Ingram 2012 NFL Draft Scouting Report
Player Name: Melvin Ingram
Position: Defensive End
School: South Carolina
Melvin Ingram is getting his first taste at consistent starting action for the Gamecocks in 2011, and he’s making a huge impact.
He was a reserve linebacker as a freshman, and then lost had to redshirt his sophomore season after breaking his foot in an off-field incident.
As a junior he played linebacker and defensive end, but only started one game. However, despite not starting he still registered nine sacks.
Ingram is an incredible athlete who has solid straight line speed to match above average strength. Ingram’s athleticism allows him to be versatile as he’s played linebacker, defensive end, and defensive tackle.
He has a quick first step when pass rushing, and has a decent arsenal of pass rush moves, including a spin and rip then swim.
His awareness is fantastic as he always knows where the football is, and his high motor allows him to find it and make a play. He does a nice job in contain, and caps the end in run plays, forcing the play inside.
Ingram is sometimes over zealous when making a play and outruns it, or over plays it. He will sometimes miss and opportunity to take down the quarterback by not wrapping up.
He needs to break down in open space and make a tackle. Ingram has been prone to arm tackles, and he won’t get away with that at the next level.
Ingram needs to be more confident in his bull rush, but getting more strength will also help. Too often does he try and “juke” his opposition and will get shut down.
Only above average strength hurts him as he’s prone to getting blocked by tight ends, and pushed out of the play. I’d also like to see Ingram play with more of a mean streak and ruthlessness.
Ingram’s overall ability and potential is fantastic, and he could become an elite pass rusher with better technique and strength at the next level.
His size is similar to former Michigan and current Pittsburgh Steelers standout Lamar Woodley. His pass rushing ability is somewhat comparable as well, although Woodley was a bit more ruthless.
Ingram has first round talent, and will have to put on a show at the combine to get there. Look for him to be one of the most hyped players going into the 2012 NFL Draft assuming he continues his streak of big plays for the Gamecocks.
NFL Comparison: Lamar Woodley