Ever heard of him? Well today im putting an end to the arguement that Melvin Ingram, South Carolina, Is TOO SMALL!
A Little All-America from Texas A&I, signed a contract as an undrafted free agent with the Minnesota Vikings in 1990. He played in all 16 games as a rookie before he earned a starting role at defensive tackle in his second season.
Injuries forced him out of the starting lineup for parts of the 1991 and 1992 seasons before embarking on an impressive streak of 176 consecutive games played and 133 straight starts with the Vikings. After joining the Seattle Seahawks as a free agent in 2001, he ran the string to 183 games and 140 starts before a knee injury forced him out of a game.
Randle showed signs of becoming one of the NFL’s most dominant pass rushers during his second NFL season when he recorded 9.5 sacks. The following year he added 11.5 sacks which marked the first of eight straight seasons with double-digit sack totals.
Randle weighed in at 6'1" 278 vs Melvin Ingram 6'1" 264(not to mention hes still in college) An amazing player, with an incredible motor.
Strong-side defensive end. Weak-side defensive end. Three-technique defensive tackle. One-technique defensive tackle. Outside linebacker ("ghost five-technique").
He's done it all and done it well. Ingram has played all over the line of scrimmage and done damage on pass-blockers with his quick-twitch ability and relentless motor. This versatility will be a big factor in his grade that is assigned to him and it should be, as it is a very important aspect of his talent as well as in today's game.
This kid is without a doubt a special talent. The only reason, ONLY REASON, Ingram is knocked, is for his size. But what would you rather have on your team? A 6'6'' 280lb Coples with half a motor? or 6'1" 264 that could continue to bulk up, and has some type of electro-magnetic motor with solor panels orbiting the sun, that never runs out?
I know what I want on my team. I want a great player who works hard everyday and has a chip on his shoulder for everytime someone calls him to short. This guy is amazing, but we continue to let media tell us what works and does not in the NFL. When all you have to do is some research.