Atari Bigby #27 of the Seattle Seahawks celebrates after recovering a fumble. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
I think I need to explain myself a little bit. Everyone seems to think that I'm very down on Melvin Ingram, but that's incorrect. I like Melvin Ingram a lot. I don't think he's a Top 5 can't-miss pick, partly because he was available with the 18th pick, but I like him as a player and what he brings to the team. Quite a bit, actually.
My frustration or anger or bitterness over this pick has very little to do with A.J. Smith or Melvin Ingram or the #18 pick at all, really. It stems mostly from fear. Fear of having Atari Bigby and Darrell Stuckey as the only two options at Strong Safety this season and, no, those fears are not calmed by the idea of the Chargers grabbing someone in the 4th or 5th round.
Bigby last started a game at Safety in 2009. He started only 11 of them because he had a hard time staying healthy. Darrell Stuckey last started a game at Safety in 2009, in college, and has struggled to stay healthy despite playing special teams exclusively. Handing these guys the position, with a late draft pick to compete with them, seems like it leaves a big gap in the defense. However, I'll do what I always do and trust in A.J. Smith and John Pagano to figure things out.