After reading the latest review of the Universtiy of South Carolina DL Melvin Ingrm's incomparable combination of size and athleticism, I began to wonder if selecting at #10 Ingram might be able to fill 2 needs for the Bills with one draft pick, while allowing the Bills to draft the BPA when their pick is due. Most pundits laud Ingram's pure athleticism (speed, quickness, reactions) but question his ability to be an adequate run defender as a DE given his 6 foot 1 inch height, shorter than desired arms, and inconsistancy against the run. A recent SI on line review of USC's recent pro day Click Here claimed Ingram was as agile in coverage drills as most participating DBs. With that thought in mind, is it possible for Ingram to become the Bills SLB of the future while providing pass rushing aid as needed by the team?
Ordinarily, I would not think of a 275 pound 4-3 SLB. However, with Ingram's unique athleticism, is it possible for him to transition to this position? I believe he would have the strength to handle TE's in the run game and hinder their release from the LOS. He also appears to have the neccesary lateral agility and quickness to play SLB. Does he have the football instinct to play SLB? Can he be taught to play SLB at a high level given the physical tools he brings to the table?
For comparisons sake, How does Ingram compare with Kirk Morrison at SLB. I believe Ingram is bigger, faster, quicker, and a better athlete. Morrison would obviously bring veteran savvy and a proven track record as a NFL LB. Would Igram be lost at SLB on 1st and possibly 2nd down? Or would he be able to become an uncommon force at SLB who could rush the QB as effecively as he could stuff a TE?
A few of us have batted around the idea of the Bills drafting Bruce Irvin later in the draft with the same sort of SLB/pass rusher responsibilities. It appears it may be a way for the Bills to stockpile pass rushers (you can only keep so many DEs)while providing strong potential at SLB. I would like to hear your reasoned thoughts on this possibility.
The options of voting "No" to Ingram or Irvin at OLB were inadvertantly omitted. Please opine below.
Do you think either of these players could effectively play SLB while serving as a pass rush specialist on passing downs?
Melvin Ingram (61 votes)
Bruce Irvin (33 votes)
94 total votes