So what if Zeke is a rookie? And they didn't draft him #4 overall, given that he's a prototype 3-down back, to have him in a timeshare with Morris or McFadden. Behind that line, coupled with his skills as a runner, receiver, and pass blocker, there's no way he should fall past the first round.
@Walter I don't see how you think Fitz is "fine" there, given the fact you pointed out Palmer's diminishing arm strength and generally not liking older players. I get he's produced with awful QBs and they're not running him deep anymore, but even so, the point you made about AP apply even more to Fitz. Bad pick
Elite ball security (1 fumble in 453 rushes/receptions)
Proved in 2009 he can carry the load
Hits hole with authority
Good speed, but doesn't have elite, game-breaking speed
Pass protection could use some polish
Could add some more power/finesse moves to his arsenal
Appears to have maxed out body frame without sacrificing speed
Won't be the home run threat in NFL that he is in college
Summary: I love talented backs like Mark Ingram because they leave it all on the field.
There really isn't much else Ingram can do to improve his game outside of his pass protection.
He needs to have another strong season as a junior to ensure his first-round status. He carries a first-round grade on my board to start 2010 and he will likely go between picks 11 and 25 in the 2011 NFL Draft. You need
elite speed to go in the top 10 (Peterson, McFadden, Spiller), and that's why Ingram will likely not
be a very high first-round pick.
Player Comparison: Maurice Jones-Drew. "Mojo" and Ingram are both talented backs who have
skill sets with few weaknesses. They are versatile and can hurt you as a rusher or receiver.