South Carolina Football: Melvin Ingram Should Be a Top 10 NFL Draft Pick

Alex Roberts@@alexCoAbassCorrespondent IFebruary 6, 2012

KNOXVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 29: Melvin Ingram #6 of the South Carolina Gamecocks celebrates during the game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium on October 29, 2011 in Knoxville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Melvin Ingram has a body of work that most defensive ends would only dream of.  He has a skill set that is unprecedented for a 6'2", 280-pound man.  He is fast.  He is powerful.  He is agile.

He also is now "offically" the most skilled defensive end. 

This weekend, he competed in the 14th annual All-Star Football Challenge against many of the top college players. 

In the lineman challenge, he had to turn over a gigantic tire twice, run through and around various obstacles, push a sled, crawl under a bridge, locate a grounded football and then sprint 20 yards.  He did all of that in 20 seconds, easily beating Mississippi State's Fletcher Cox and North Carolina's Quinton Coples.


This was to cap off a month that saw him absolutely destroy Senior Bowl practices.  Most scouts really took notice of his skills. 

Not only is Melvin Ingram a beast of a player, he is a high-character guy.  He is easy to coach and showed improvement in every single season.  His dominant senior season was a testament to his hard work and great ethics. 

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He should be a top-10 pick.  Many mock drafts have him slated around No. 9 (to the Miami Dophins), which would be an excellent place for the amazing Ingram to go. 

It's great to be a Gamecock. 

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