2011 Post-Combine Buzz - Mark Ingram's Day
Alabama RB Mark Ingram
Alabama RB Mark Ingram
Posted Feb 28, 2011

The buzz after the weekend of the 2011 NFL Combine - Mark Ingram's Combine

2011 NFL Post-Combine Buzz

The Mark Ingram Workout

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2011 NFL Combine Results
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- DEs | DTs | ILBs | OLBs | Ss | CBs

2011 Post-Combine Buzz
- The Julio vs. A.J. Battle
- Cam The Entertainer
- The No. 2 RB Is ...
- The No. 3 WR Is ...
- The Slow Little Guys
- The Small School Stars
- The No. 1 OT Is ...
- The Mark Ingram Workout
- The Mediocre Tight Ends
- The New Wave Of Athletic QBs

2011 NFL Combine Position Analysis
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- DEs | DTs | ILBs | OLBs | Ss | CBs

2011 Pre-Combine Buzz
- The Tebow Issue
- The Luckless quarterback class
- Cam Newton is expected to do it all
- The star defensive tackles
- All the North Carolina talent and what they'll do
- Where have all the good running backs gone?
- The lousy tight end class
- The 40 star speedster will be ...
- The three players everyone will be talking about
- The offensive tackle pecking order
- The strongest position is ...
- Da'Quan Bowers' knee
- Breaking Down the 2011 NFL Combine
There's legitimate Combine hype, like the excitement over seeing what Cam Newton would do. There's made-for-TV hype, like trying to figure out who will run the best 40. And there's the Mark Ingram workout, which was supposed to be a big deal, but most minds had already been made up.

The 2011 running back class is the working definition of mediocre with a slew of decent but uninspiring prospects who don't appear to be difference makers. The lone exception is Ingram, and while there was plenty of interest in seeing what he'd do, the numbers didn't really matter considering he's the No. 1 running back on the board and it's not even close. Measurables don't matter for the 2009 Heisman winner the same way they didn't matter for Emmitt Smith; Ingram is a hard runner, everyone knows it, and nothing is going to change that.

Yeah, it would've been nice if he came up with off-the-charts numbers, and yeah, he could've gone from being a top 15 pick to a possible top five selection had he been special, but he did what he was supposed to do and he cemented himself as the type of back who can be someone's No. 1 and the centerpiece of an attack.

The 4.62 was lumbering, but that didn't matter considering he was extremely quick off the line and his ten second split was faster than most of the speedsters in the class. The 21 reps on the bench were good enough, the 31.5" vertical was decent, and he was quick enough through the short drills to look the part. More than anything else, he won points just by being on the field and working out.

Ingram didn't need to be in Indianapolis and he certainly didn't need to run or compete in the drills to still be the top back, but scouts and GMs give extra credit points for doing everything and going through the workout, and he's the rare prospect that gets the benefit of the doubt on just about everything. He's a sure-thing, and Indy only helped his cause.

Ingram would be a killer in Houston's offense, but the Texans aren't going to make the pick at the 11 considering the year Arian Foster just cranked out. He'd work well at the seven at San Francisco, but Frank Gore still has a few miles left in the tank. Cleveland at the six is a bit high and he's not going to slip into the late part of the first round, so the most obvious spot could be Miami at the 15. It would be the right fit at the right point in the draft, but as draft day comes closer, Ingram could go from being a bit of an afterthought in terms of his potential to a key piece of the first round puzzle.