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Melvin Ingram

Melvin Ingram - #6 - OLB-DT-DE

Height: 6-1 1/2
Weight: 264
Speed: 4.76
Arm: 31 1/2
Hand: 9 5/8
Wingspan: 77 1/2
Birthdate: 04/26/1989
Hometown: Hamlet, NC
Grade: 6.45


Event Ht Wt Hand Arm Wing Wonderlic 40 yard BP BJ VJ 20s 60s 3 Cn
03/28/2012 South Carolina Pro Day 6-1 1/2 265 9 5/8 29 7/8 77 1/4
02/29/2012 Combine 6-1 1/2 264 9 5/8 31 1/2 77 1/2 4.71 28 9'1" 34 1/2 4.15 6.83
01/23/2012 Senior Bowl 6-1 7/8 276 9 1/4 30 1/2 77 1/8
03/15/2011 Junior Pro Day 6-2 1/4 272 4.60



Recruited as a linebacker out of North Carolina. Appeared in all 12 games as a true freshman in 2007, recording 15 tackles and one tackle for loss (sack). Also fielded five kickoffs for 90 yards (18-yard average). Missed the ’08 season because of a broken foot. Converted to defensive line in ’09, playing all 13 games (one start) and notching 18-3 1⁄2-1 1⁄2 with one batted pass. Working in rotation behind Cliff Matthews in ’10, tallied 28-11-9 with one batted pass and one forced fumble in 14 games (started the season opener at defensive tackle as an injury replacement) despite breaking a bone in his left hand against Vanderbilt. In ’11, started 12-of-13 games (11 at DE, one at DT) and led the squad in TFL and sacks after logging 48-15-10 with two batted passes and two interceptions. Scored three touchdowns —a 68-yard fake punt rush against Georgia, a five-yard fumble return against the Bulldogs and a fumble recovery in the endzone vs. Vanderbilt. Hurt his left foot against Auburn and played just a handful of snaps against Kentucky (lone non-start). Team captain.


Highly athletic with fluid movement skills. Bends naturally. Light on his feet and loose-hipped. Quick, forceful, active hands. Strong through his core — plays with leverage vs. the run and stacks the edge. Powerful bull rush. Very effective swim move. Productive playmaker. Instinctive, aware and is usually around the football. Versatile — plays  outside and inside, stands up and plays special teams (on the “hands” team). Confident and competitive. 


Short arms. Does not have ideal dimensions (tweener size) — lacks ideal length for the outside and ideal bulk for the inside. Will struggle with double-teams. Can be late to locate the ball. Could stand to play with more consistent intensity — motor does not always rev. Only a one-year full-time starter. Has some growing up to do. 


A unique athlete scattered across multiple positions on NFL draft boards, with potential to line up on the edge or inside, where much of his production comes. Can even warrant looks as a rush or an inside linebacker, possessing ideal size for a 3-4 front. Emerged as a playmaking force as a senior and will be best schemed rushing the passer. Versatility should drive up his value for a creative defensive coordinator, but short arms and immaturity issues also could diminish his draft status — especially for teams projecting him to a position that he did not play in college. 

Melvin Ingram's Draft Stock

PFW Grade Scale
7.01-9.00Top 10

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