With the start of the NFL Draft now just about a month and a half away, everybody is entering “expert mode,” talking about who they think their team should draft and why. Of course, I fall into this category, but this week I figured it would be fun to hear from some actual experts. Today we’ll focus on Alabama running back Mark Ingram and later this week we’ll breakdown a couple of other guys that the Dolphins may have an interest in: Boise St. wide receiver Titus Young and Florida offensive lineman Mike Pouncey:
Breaking Down: Mark Ingram
With seemingly every mock draft indicating that the Dolphins will select Ingram conflicting with my working hypothesis that they can do fine at that position in the middle rounds, I think it’s time for the guys who study this stuff for a living to weigh in.
Back on February 16th, we had Scott Wright of DraftCountdown.com on the show and while he was a little bit on the fence, he made my point by saying that “I think you could make the case for Ingram, but I also think you could make the case that they could wait a little bit and get similar production from a running back that they take in the second, third, or even fourth round.”
Wright would later mention both Kendall Hunter of Oklahoma State and Miami’s Graig Cooper as guys he thought could be impact RB’s taken in the middle rounds.
Meanwhile, one of the things that people love about Ingram is that so many draft experts have compared him to Hall-of-Famer Emmitt Smith. And while any of us would be happy with an Emmit in our backfield for the next decade, Doug Farrar of FootballOutsiders.com told us that Ingram reminds him more of Tiki Barber than Smith and that he is an extremely hard worker.
Finally, the big knock on Ingram seems to be his speed. His time of 4.62 in the 40-yard dash at the Combine did little to make people feel better, though he did have one of the fastest times in the first 10 yards of the race. That’s where Wes Bunting of the National Football Post comes in. On February 8th, Bunting told us that Ingram “lacks great straight-line speed, but the biggest misconception in the NFL is that big runs are caused because of great speed; it’s the ability to break tackles, make a man miss, and accelerate quickly, and that’s what he does so well.”
An interesting point. There has been so much talk about the Fins needing the big play/breakaway running back and we’ve always equated that with speed, but perhaps that’s not the case.
Whether or not you think Ingram is the best fit for the Dolphins in the first round or not (vote below), I hope you enjoyed seeing what people are saying about him. Be sure to check back later in the week for similar breakdowns of Young and Pouncey.
Would you be happy with the Dolphins drafting Mark Ingram?
- Yes, at #15 (50%)
- No, they can draft a RB later (27%)
- Yes, later on (19%)
- No, they don't need to draft a RB (4%)
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