2011 NFL Mock Draft: Todd McShay Thinks Patriots Will Come Away with Mark Ingram
Todd McShay's 2011 NFL Mock Draft Has the Patriots Stealing Mark Ingram at No. 28
For the first time since 2004, the New England Patriots had a 1,000-yard rusher in 2010. Corey Dillon did the honors with 1,635 yards in '04, and BenJarvus Green-Ellis paced the Pats with 1,008 yards last season.
Nevertheless, the Pats are in the market for a running back. If you were to ask Todd McShay, they might have a shot at drafting the best the 2011 class has to offer: Alabama's Mark Ingram. McShay has the Patriots picking him with the No. 28 pick in his most recent 2011 NFL Mock Draft (can only be accessed with ESPN Insider).
This is a bit of a stretch if you ask me, but McShay thinks he would be a great fit all the same:
The Patriots are looking to get more physical on offense and Ingram fits the bill. He's not a huge back but he runs low, has exceptional instincts and picked up more yards after contact than any back in this class.
There is no doubt that Ingram is a great running back. He battled knee problems in 2010, but he rushed for over 1,600 yards on his way to the Heisman Trophy in 2009. He is a very smart runner, and he moves well for a stocky guy.
That said, I don't think the Patriots will be able to get him at No. 28. While Ingram could fall, at what point would another general manager turn to his minions and say, "I know we don't need Ingram, but don't you think he would be a great value pick?"
He would indeed. That's why I think McShay is kidding himself with this pick.
My Pick: Justin Houston
I have Ingram going to the Miami Dolphins at No. 15. The Pats could go for somebody like Illinois' Mikel Leshoure, but I'm thinking they'll fill their need for an outside linebacker instead.
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