Melvin Ingram: NFL Career with San Diego Already Off to a Great Start

Alex Roberts@@alexCoAbassCorrespondent IApril 27, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26:  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 on April 26, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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When Melvin Ingram slid past the Panthers (my personal wish for him), Seahawks (What were they thinking?), Jets (also, what were they thinking?), and every other team leading to the San Diego Chargers (via, people were already bemoaning Ingram's poor draft luck.

Guess what? He'll get the last laugh. 

Melvin Ingram will become a superstar in San Diego, a place that is known for its terrific pass-rushers and ability to sack the quarterback.  Ingram automatically becomes a defensive rookie of the year candidate by being placed in a system that perfectly suits him. 

He'll be allowed to play all over the field and do what he does best: rush the passer. 

Stephon Gilmore may have gone at 10, but his scenario is way less pleasant.  He's now a probable starting corner for a pretty bad Buffalo team. 

In the end, Melvin ended up exactly where he needed to be.  The Chargers are in a division that is always open (even though Peyton Manning may have something to say about that this year). 

They have a good offense and a decent defense.  If he would have gone to the Panthers, he would have had to be a part of a defensive rebuilding process.  He may have flourished there, but he wouldn't have the opportunity to taste success at an early level. 

The Seahawks seem to have absolutely no vision.  He should be grateful not to have to dawn that hideous uniform. 

And the Jets should have drafted Dr. Phil.  That seems to be the type of "player" they need on their roster. 

Buncha loonies. 

Melvin Ingram dropped into the lap of a team that can develop pass-rushers and has a team that can give him his best chance for success. 

It's a win-win. 

Congratulations, Mr. Ingram.  You were a great Gamecock, and good luck on your promising NFL career!