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2011 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Mark Ingram



Strengths:
  • Nice bulk and size
  • Big, strong lower body
  • Keeps pumping feet on contact
  • Breaks tackles
  • Very good balance and body control
  • Elite vision and awareness
  • Runs with heart; maximizes yardage of play
  • Highly intelligent; sets up blockers
  • Patient and instinctive
  • Excellent receiver with soft hands
  • Doesn't shy from contact; physical runner
  • Very good agility and lateral movement
  • Runs with a suddenness
  • Outstanding footwork
  • Nice acceleration
  • Speed is good (not elite)
  • Elusive with some wiggle in open field
  • Good genetics
  • Extremely productive
  • Very balanced skill set and talented
  • Elite ball security (1 fumble in 453 rushes/receptions)
  • Proved in 2009 he can carry the load
  • Hits hole with authority



    Weaknesses:
  • 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.





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    2011 NFL Mock Draft: Matt's | Walt's


    2011 NFL Draft Prospect Rankings


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