2011 NFL Draft: How DeAngelo Williams to Miami Dolphins Could Hurt Mark Ingram

Robert Quinn@@RQuinn619Correspondent IApril 11, 2011

CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 24:  DeAngelo Williams #34 of the Carolina Panthers runs with the ball against the San Francisco 49ers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on October 24, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Reports have recently surfaced regarding the Carolina Panthers soon-to-be free agent, DeAngelo Williams, stating that the Miami Dolphins could have significant interest in the 27-year-old running back.

In an interview with WQAM's Omar Kelly, Williams said, "Miami is a place I'd like to live. I hope I'm at the top of their list and they come after me."

He continued, saying, "It's kind of ironic that I'm here in Miami, because I've heard rumors that I may be at the top of their board this year.

Williams was the 27th overall pick in the 2006 NFL draft and has been a solid, productive running back for the Carolina Panthers ever since.

He had a breakout year in 2008, as the former Memphis product rushed for 1,515 yards and scored 18 touchdowns on 273 carries. He continued his production in 2009—despite splitting carries with fellow running back Jonathan Stewart, he posted another 1,000-yard season with another seven touchdowns.

With all the hype surrounding the draft, many experts and gurus have projected the Miami Dolphins to select Alabama running back Mark Ingram with the 15th overall pick to take over for Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams, both of whom are set to become free agents.

Brown is turning 30 this year and Ricky Williams has openly stated that he doesn't expect to be back in the teal and orange next year.

Brown, a former No. 2 overall pick has posted just one 1,000-plus yard season in his seven-year career, and the 33-year-old Ricky Williams is towards the end of his career.

If a collective bargaining agreement is reached prior to the draft, and the Dolphins are indeed significantly interested in DeAngelo Williams, the draft could be greatly shaken up.

How far would Ingram slide?

He is the most complete back in this year's draft class and has been compared by many experts to Emmitt Smith.

In his three years at Alabama, Ingram rushed for 3,461 yards on 572 carries, scoring 42 touchdowns while adding another 60 receptions for 670 yards and four touchdowns out of the backfield.

Furthermore, he won the Heisman Trophy and a BCS National Championship.

But after No. 15, there are only two teams who could take Ingram: the New England Patriots with their No. 28 pick or the New York Giants with their No. 19 overall pick.

However, the Patriots have a surplus of talent at running back while the Giants' tandem of Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw is sufficient enough for them to address the defensive side of the ball.