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OLB Prospect: Melvin Ingram, South Carolina

Melvin Ingram vs Auburn (via BrownsOrBust)


10 sacks, 15 TFLs, 48 tackles, 2 INTs

Ingram is 6-2, 275, and is an athletic specimen.

He's got a squat build and a powerful frame, but its his insane athleticism that jumps off the screen when you watch him play. The clip above is against Auburn, probably his best game of the year (3.5 sacks). You'll see him stand up in a 3-4 OLB spot, with his hand in the ground as a 4-3 DE, and on the inside at DT. He sort of comes out of his stance lazily at times, but don't confuse that with a lack of burst. Once he sees the ball he's absolutely explosive, and he covers lots of ground in a flash. Ingram is powerful enough to stand up OTs at the point of attack and athletic enough to blow by them at will. And the ability of a man his size to change direction the way that he does is uncanny. We not only see him dominate as a pass rusher in a myriad of ways, but we also see him stack up blockers at the point of attack, scrape down the line for tackles, offer good pursuit over long distances, and nicely drop into coverage on several occasions.

I love the way he dropped into coverage and picked off the rock on that fake FG (3:26). 275 lbs men aren't supposed to be able to cover all that ground like that. But I also saw him impressively stand up a tackle and split between him and a doubling pulling guard to make a tackle for loss (first play), use a wicked spin move for a sack from the DT spot (0:57), flash off a shallow zone drop for a near sack (1:55), toss aside a LT enroute to a sack (2:28)and blow by a OT like he was standing still for a near game-ending sack (7:41).

This guy is the real deal. A nice, versatile tool for Rex to play with. He's a 3-down guy that can play the run and set the edge as a 3-4 OLB, or rush the passer in a various of ways. He's already got a nice set of pass rushing tools: an explosive burst, a good spin move, a nice dip an rip... I'd like to see his hands get more violent and a better get off (that standing up and read and react and just out-athleting everybody isn't gonna fly in the NFL), but he's got the tools and physical ability to be dominant. I think Rex could do some things with this guy. He's got a ton of versatility and would allow a guy like Rex to really get creative.
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