Future of the NFL Draft: Can Mark Ingram Save the Future of the 1st Round RB?

L.J.Contributor IIAugust 16, 2011

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28:  NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (L) poses for a photo with Mark Ingram, #28 overall pick by the New Orleans Saints, holds up a jersey on stage during the 2011 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 28, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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In the era of "one-hit wonders" of the NFL, there is not a single player that will come into the National Football League without facing scrutiny, harsh criticism or character evaluations. But what measurables do we take into consideration when it comes to "raw talent"?

Obviously the system that we currently have is working out, but there is no doubt in my mind that it's flawed. I could spend the rest of this article reviewing draft classes from 2005-present and give at least 200 draft busts, but I won't do that. I could even get specific and countdown a list of 100 RB's from 2005-present, but I wont do that either. Why? Good question, I believe one RB can dictate the future of the NFL draft RB selection process, and that man is Mark Ingram.

When we look at NFL backs that are either highly-touted coming out of college or Heisman Trophy winners, we expect at least flashes of greatness in their first three seasons, but instead we get three seasons of mediocrity along with a lot of excuses.

We look at a few of the "College-Superman Backs" like, Ron Dayne, William Green, Ki-Jana Carter, Lawrence Phillips and now Reggie Bush and wonder to ourselves "What Happened?". The New Orleans Saints have been infamous for making mistakes drafting highly-touted backs like Reggie Bush, Ricky Williams and Vaughn Dunbar, but with a Pro Bowl offensive line, Drew Brees and Reggie Bush out of the picture, Mark Ingram has every opportunity to succeed. 

The New Orleans Saints chose Mark Ingram with the 28th-pick of the 2011 draft, and it is lowest draft-pick used on the first running back chosen. Could this be a potential sign of things to come from NFL teams? Although many high-pick running backs have found success, I think teams are looking to fill other needs in early rounds in the coming years. Besides, it's much harder to find a franchise LT or QB in the draft, and let's face it, the NFL is now a passing league. The performance of Mark Ingram will greatly impact the future of the RB selection process of the NFL Draft, will it be worth it? We'll see.