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2012 Statistics: 156 carries, 602 yards, 5 touchdowns; 6 receptions, 29 yards
One of the more underrated draft disappointments in recent memory hails from hallowed Alabama.
The New Orleans Saints traded a future first-round pick for the privilege of drafting Mark Ingram in 2011, a questionable move at the time and it certainly looks like a failure today.
Ingram has rewarded the Saints by totaling 1,076 yards and 10 touchdowns in his first two seasons—not entirely awful, but certainly not what they expected given their investment. His average of 3.9 yards per carry (YPC) rivals some of the best plodders in the game today.
This is the year to start cashing those checks for Ingram and the Saints.
The third-year running back still has Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles in the way, however, so the increase will not be as dramatic as it could be if he was the clear-cut lead back. He technically has just nine starts under his belt because of the competition in his own backfield.
Ingram figures to see an increase in workload and continue getting the goal-line looks, however. If not, it might be time to apply the "bust" label with some adhesive.
2013 Projection: 220 carries, 950 yards, 7 touchdowns; 15 receptions, 150 yards, 1 touchdown