Feb 27, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks defensive lineman Melvin Ingram (24) waits his turn for the vertical jump during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

Our First Round Pick: Taking A Look At Melvin Ingram

Editor’s Note:  This post is from new Black and Teal writer Scott Sandlin.  Scott’s take on the draft may just be accurate.  But hey, that’s for you all and Gene Smith to decide.  Please welcome him to the community!

It is a well known fact by this point that the Jaguars are most likely leaning toward taking a Defensive End with their 7th overall pick next month. Many mock drafts have the Jaguars taking Quinton Coples out of North Carolina. Coples is the number one DE prospect on almost every big board in the country because of what many analysts call his “amazing potential”.


However, something that many of these mock drafts are over-looking is who is in charge of making the decision on who the Jaguars choose as the 7th pick overall in the 2012 NFL Draft. That man, of course, is Gene Smith. We all have grown to learn that Gene is a huge fan of good character and strong work ethic. It just so happens that good character and strong work ethic are the two main concerns that people have about Quinton Coples. His drop in sacks, tackles for loss, and total tackles in his final year at North Carolina are causing questions about the type of player Coples will be. This is why I believe that the Jaguars will be taking a very strong look at Melvin Ingram out of South Carolina.


What he brings to the table:


  • Stats: Ingram did it all last season for the Gamecocks. He registered 10 sacks, 48 total tackles, 15 tackles for loss, 2 interceptions, and even 3 touchdowns. At the combine, Ingram out-performed Coples in every drill except the broad jump (in which they tied). There are some concerns with him only being a starter at South Carolina for one season, but during that season he lead his team in sacks (3rd in the SEC), and was second among tackles for loss.


  • Versatility: One of the most appealing aspects of Melvin Ingram is the fact that he can play both OLB and DE. With all the injuries last season, the Jags proved that having versatility is essential if you’re going to be a Jacksonville Jaguar. Ingram has also been quoted saying, “Wherever they point me, I’m ready to go there,” which is music to any GM’s ears.


  • Toughness: During his junior year, Melvin Ingram suffered a broken hand early in the game against Vanderbilt. This however did not stop him from later coming back into the game, as well as playing in all seven of the remaining games during that season.


Why we should be happy if we get him:


  • Plain and simple, Melvin Ingram is a great football player. He’s got good speed, phenomenal strength, and has great moves to get around linemen. From a character standpoint, he’s as good as they come. He’s the type of player that works day in and day out to become better. When you draft a player like Ingram, you’re drafting a player that will give you a solid 10 years in the league.


  • It seems as if Ingram’s potential is often overlooked compared to some of the other prospects in the draft. Just remember, even though he’s not labeled as the player with “amazing potential,” does not mean that he lacks the potential to be an elite player in the league.


  • I know many people are expecting to see Quinton Coples be the 7th person to walk across that stage next month, and that very well may be what happens. But then again, no one saw Tyson Alualu’s name being called at the 10th spot two years ago.


Happy Draft season!


-Scott Sandlin

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  • Honso

    Amen! Ingram should hpegully be the BAP at 7 that we also are in need of for position. Im keeping my fingers crossed this happens as I am not a big fan of Coples

  • NickelandDime

    Thank you Captain Obvious! What about the fact that hes a 3-4 outside linebacker? Yeah he will reach full potential in the Jags 4-3 scheme.

  • http://www.blackandteal.com/ LukeNSims

     @NickelandDime To be honest, he’s worked out at a ton of positions.  I say he isn’t settled at DE in a 4-3 or a 3-4 linebacker.  I lean more toward your opinion that he’s a 3-4 linebacker (mostly based on size) so I don’t see the Jags taking him this early.  Especially if they swung and missed with him and Coples becomes a star.

  • Davjay1983

    I like Ingram. He’s definitely the best pass rusher in the draft. Do I think he’s a better football player than Blackmon? No. I don’t. But both would satisfy that special situation where “needs meets opportunity.” If given the option between the two, I believe Smith would go with Ingram.

  • dlago89

     @NickelandDime He played mostly defensive end in a 4-3 at South Carolina and he’s the same exact size as Dwight Freeney. He would be fine as an end in a 4-3 scheme. 

  • Honso

    @LukeNSims @NickelandDime after reading your comment about swingin and missing, I retract my favoritism for Ingram, considerig we passed up Terrell Suggs when he was available and look at him now. Im stickig with the gut feeling, hopefully Gene quits playing the pick and pray game on this one.

  • Honso

    @LukeNSims @NickelandDime After hearing your comment about swinging and missing, I retract my last comment favoring Ingram. It reminded me of when we passed on Terrell Suggs amd look at him now. Gotta go with your first gut choice on this ad leave the off field scheptisim out of it.

  • NickelandDime

    I agree with you Luke.