San Diego Chargers Select OLB Melvin Ingram

Melvin Ingram hits the tackling dummy during the NFL Combine. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

With Mark Barron gone early to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the San Diego Chargers had their pick between just about every pass-rusher in the draft or David DeCastro at selection 18.

A.J. Smith and Company selected Melvin Ingram, a pre-draft riser that was considered the best pass-rusher in the draft by many. However, Ingram is not just a one-dimensional player. In his senior season at South Carolina, Melvin collected 48 tackles, 10 sacks, 2 interceptions, 4 defended passes and 2 fumbles returned for touchdowns.

Despite being a playmaker wih a nose for the football, Ingram will most likely start the season behind Shaun Phillips, Jarret Johnson and Antwan Barnes on the OLB depth chart. Obviously, if he plays well during the season, they'll look for more opportunities to get him out there. One thing is for sure, John Pagano and the Chargers will have a hard time running out of LBs this season like they did in 2011.


Melvin Ingram

#6 / Defensive- End / South Carolina Gamecocks

6-2

271

senior



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