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Best Of The 2012 NFL Combine: DE Melvin Ingram

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Feb 27, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks defensive lineman Melvin Ingram hits the tackling dummy during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE
Feb 27, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks defensive lineman Melvin Ingram hits the tackling dummy during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

The 2012 NFL Combine wraps up today in Indianapolis, and we'll be looking at one player from six different positional groups of interest to the Buffalo Bills that stood out this past week. Without question, the most impressive athletic performance of the weekend at defensive end came from South Carolina's Melvin Ingram.

Ingram, a 6'1", 264-pound senior, merely met expectations with his 40 time (4.79 seconds) and his other physical measurements. Where he really looked great was in on-field workouts; Ingram is a smooth, natural athlete capable of doing a lot of different things well, which is rare for a man his size.

Ingram's physical stature is a concern, and running around in tights isn't going to do anything to alleviate fears that he won't be able to stop the run as a pro. His 10-yard split time of 1.72 seconds, while good, did not quite live up to expectations, either. But tape doesn't lie, and Ingram's got a lot of good tape; add in his strong work in the drills, and Ingram did a lot to further his perception as a top-notch athlete.

He recorded 19 sacks over his final two seasons in the SEC.