NEW YORK, NY: Melvin Ingram of South Carolina holds up a jersey as he stands on stage with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after he was selected #18 overall by the San Diego Chargers in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
San Diego Chargers draft analysis: Ingram’s initial role will be simple—rush the QB - Kevin Acee
"Melvin can be an impact player. He doesn't have to be on the field every down. He can fit in with the mix of the guys we have. He can learn from them. I think he's going to be outstanding on third down. … He’s an exceptional player who can do a lot of things. I think he was the most complete linebacker in the draft." — coach Norv Turner
Chargers go with defense, take South Carolina’s ‘Super Melvin’ Ingram with 18th pick - The Washington Post
After finishing last in the NFL in third-down defense, the San Diego Chargers will turn to "Super Melvin" to try to get out of their funk.
NFL Draft 2012: San Diego Chargers Look To Improve Pass Rush With Selection Of Melvin Ingram - Joe Loyd
Ingram appears to be a great fit for the Chargers as he started his career at outside linebacker for the Gamecocks before being switched to defensive end. In San Diego it is expected that Ingram will be moved back to an outside linebacker position. He showed the ability in college to rush the quarterback, something the Chargers desperately need, as he had nine sacks in 2010 and 10 sacks last season.
Chargers get Southern exposure - Mark Whicker
He does not have long arms, and we'll see if he can Ziploc a quarterback, but Ingram brings size-speed-shuffle components to Chargers Park that have not been seen in a while. Especially on a defense that Smith has annually struggled to rearrange.
NFL Draft 2012: San Diego Chargers Select Melvin Ingram No. 19 - Mike Fiammetta
There will be a bit of a transition for Ingram as he could be converted to a linebacker if drafted by a team running a 3-4 defensive set, but he has a lot of raw ability and a great skill set that will make a mediocre defense a great one almost instantly.
Ingram moves close to his mentor - Bill Williamson
During the NFL combine in February, Melvin Ingram was asked who was mentoring him as he was planning to become a 3-4 linebacker in the NFL. The South Carolina product answered quickly: "Von Miller."
2012 NFL Draft Results and Analysis: Round 1 - ESPN Insider
Ingram is a hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker prospect who's at his best rushing the passer. But he's also athletic and smooth enough to hold up underneath coverage. While his short arms are a concern, his hands are active and violent. So there's a lot to like about his ability to overcome his weaknesses.
Grades: 2012 NFL Draft Round 1 - Pete Prisco
No. 18: Chargers select: Melvin Ingram, OLB, South Carolina Grade: A+ Best pick of the first round. This kid will a pass-rush star in that defense. Teams that passed on this kid will regret it.
NFL Draft Grades: Entirely Too Early Evaluations Of How Teams Did Thursday - Joel Thorman
B - A.J. Smith 'Good But Not Elite' Class
Chargers: Melvin Ingram is a solid pick. The Chargers have been seeking a pass rusher, as well as an offensive tackle. Either would have been good picks but I really like Ingram.
2012 NFL Draft: Winners, losers from the first round - Chad Reuter
With former mid-first-round pick Larry English not making as strong an impact as San Diego anticipated, Ingram's infusion of hustle, strength and agility are desperately needed on a team that averaged just two sacks a game last year