2011 NFL Draft: Why the Miami Dolphins Should Draft Mark Ingram

Matt DalbyCorrespondent IApril 25, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 27: Running back Mark Ingram of Alabama runs with the ball during the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 27, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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For several months following the college football season, mock drafts predicted Mark Ingram was headed to the Miami Dolphins with the 15th pick.

Now I see plenty of draft boards have blown up with a variety of options.

Everyone from Mike Pouncey to Aldon Smith have been mentioned, but in my opinion, there is no reason to run from the truth.

Ingram is clearly the best pick at this spot in the draft, while he also fills a pressing need for the Dolphins backfield.

The incessantly injured Ronnie Brown is rapidly deteriorating, should the Dolphins choose to re-sign him, and an every-down back is desperately needed. Ricky Williams is all but out of the discussion, lining up a perfect spot for a rookie to step in.

Ingram carried the load for the 2010 national champions on his stout 215-pound shoulders and proved he could be successful following injury, rushing for 875 yards and 13 touchdowns last season.

On top of that, Ingram neglected to fumble in over 500 carries during his tenure at Alabama.

Yes, there are other needs on this team, but Ingram provides the best value at the 15th pick.

With so much uncertainty surrounding the 2011 NFL season, value might be the best bet for this Dolphins squad.