When you read all the writings and listen to all the musing by my fellow draftniks as it pertains to various members of the upcoming 2012 NFL draft class, you hear and see an awful lot about players that have "risen" leaps and bounds above where their draft stock was perceived to be at the close of the college season.
Typically, you do not hear Melvin Ingram included in those discussions. However, he should be front and center as an example of a classic post-season riser.
I was first turned on to Ingram by a fellow draft connoisseur about midway through the 2011 college season. I took a close look at him, and liked him. I saw some problems with his game, but overall I liked him as an athletic freak, much like Adalius Thomas, who should find a home as a real linebacker either in a 30 front or a 40 front. I thought for sure he should be rated right around the high second round, maybe even into the first round depending on your need. At the time, his draft stock was still down in that area.
Fast forward about six months, and many people are talking Ingram potentially even going in the top 10 or 15 of this year's draft.
I am not an acolyte of the "best player available" religion, so you generally will not hear me roast teams on the spit for taking a guy 10 picks higher than where I would have been more comfortable with him; however, there is a certain amount of hype surrounding Melvin Ingram with which I find I cannot agree.
Let's take a look at some of his strengths and weaknesses, and see if they can clue us in to why he is not quite deserving of elite status.