A buzzword in today's NFL is "scheme versatility"—meaning the ability to play in multiple schemes (i.e. the 3-4 and 4-3 defense). No player better represents this than Melvin Ingram.
Ingram started his college career at inside linebacker. He then moved to defensive tackle. Yes, from linebacker to defensive tackle. It sounds crazy, but it worked. Ingram did well at tackle, but his quickness was better suited on the edge, so he moved to defensive end.
That's not all—he also returned kicks as a senior and ran the ball twice for 87 yards, including a 68-yard touchdown run versus Georgia. Ingram is a freakishly good athlete who has the ability to succeed anywhere you put him on the field.
The versatility that Ingram brings adds value to his stock, as he's able to move around and fill holes as players get injured, or as production drops off at virtually any position along the defensive front seven.
The only major concern is his height. He measured in at just under 6'2", but in a stand-up position at outside linebacker, or playing off the edge at defensive end, that's not an insurmountable obstacle.
So the next time someone says "scheme versatility"—think Melvin Ingram.
Ingram might not've been the Chargers biggest need, but they get great value having the former South Carolina Gamecock fall into their lap here. His downside is very low, even though he's not the biggest guy in the world, he'll be a valuable contributor as a rookie.
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