Mark Ingram could be just what the Pats need

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When rumors recently emerged that two teams in need of running backs removed 2009 Heisman winner Mark Ingram from their draft boards, we immediately suspected that one of those teams secretly hopes Ingram will slide into their clutches.  It’s one of the bizarre realities of the draft, where teams that don’t want a player will talk him up so that someone else will take him — and where teams that like a player will trash him in the hopes that he’ll slide down the board, and into their clutches.

As to Ingram, we suspect that Patriots coach Bill Belichick and/or one of his lieutenants are spreading rumors about Ingram’s knee, because Belichick knows that Ingram could give the Patriots’ offense something that it has been lacking since the days of Corey Dillon — a legitimate, high-end threat on the ground.

Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald addresses that possibility, with quotes from unnamed scouts who see Ingram helping the Patriots develop a complete, and deadly, offensive attack with Ingram in the backfield.

“If they ever got the running back to go with Wes Welker and those two tight ends, they’re going to be [trouble],” a “high-ranking AFC scout” told Rapoport.  “Because you get a tackle-to-tackle running back like an Ingram, and the linebackers will have to play the slot and play the run.  BenJarvus [Green-Ellis] is nice because he hits the hole hard.  But Ingram is a pounder.  What they’ve always wanted to do on offense is control the clock.  And when you get a pounder at running back, you can now control the clock.”

Though Green-Ellis racked up 1,008 rushing yards in 2010, there are plenty of running backs who can churn up that kind of yardage in an offense with a passing attack led by Tom Brady.  An elite runner would give the Pats the ultimate pick-your-poison proposition.

The real question, in our view, is whether the Pats would pluck Ingram off the board with the 17th pick, or whether they’d wait until their second first-rounder, the 28th overall selection.

If the Pats get him, they’ll possibly have the weapon they need to complement the balance of Brady’s career.

31 responses to “Mark Ingram could be just what the Pats need

  1. Ingram is an average back at best. If the Pats use a 1st or 2nd on him, they will have wasted those picks

  2. He could be what the Pats need, but they really need an OLB/pass rusher, an offensive lineman and a 5 technique DE. There are other high end backs to be had in rounds 2 and 3.

  3. Ingram leaving the Tide and joining the Pats should be a joyous occasion, but he will be very disappointed once he finds out he will be taking a pay cut.

  4. Knowing the Patriots the way I do, there’s no way they’re going for Ingram if they’re letting everybody know about it.

    Billy B is up to no good once more.

  5. i am not a pats fan, but one of my best friends is so by default i have some interest in them. i agree completely with this article and although a lot of people would say the pats should draft defense and offensive line i think they should go in the ‘deadly’ direction with their first round picks.
    first, i think if julio jones is still on the board, the pats should trade up their #17 with the Vikes for their #12 pick. vikes get a late second or a high third and still can draft a QB at #17 (i say mallett or kaepernick), brady gets a monster of a receiving threat. then at #28 the pats draft ingram after pushing his stock down so that he is still available at this point. ingram is absolutely the kind of RB the pats are looking for. he is explosive, smart and can pound the ball in any gap, tackle to tackle as the article says. their offense was already potent last year, they add these two players and brady becomes nearly unstoppable.
    people will point out that the pats defense is what let them down last year, but they drafted mostly defense last year, they had a lot of young guys out there who will improve this year, this is a very deep defensive draft and the pats have ridiculous number of picks coming to them in the first three rounds.

  6. Supposedly Ingram’s stock has risen over the past few weeks and he’s not expected to be available when New England selects at #17. Obviously we’ll find out on Thursday.

  7. “Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald addresses that possibility, with quotes from unnamed scouts who see Ingram helping the Patriots develop a complete, and deadly, offensive attack with Ingram in the backfield.”

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    “a COMPLETE, and DEADLY offensive attack with Ingram in the backfield” ???????????????

    Are you kidding me? Either Rapoport is making up some very tall tales, is secretly having an affair with Ingram, or it’s INGRAM himself planting ridiculous rumors about how good he is.

    Either way, it’s hilarious that people consider Ingram to be so good

  8. “Though Green-Ellis racked up 1,008 rushing yards in 2010, there are plenty of running backs who can churn up that kind of yardage in an offense with a passing attack led by Tom Brady.”

    Or maybe he’s just a good running back. Zero fumbles, ad rarely lost any yardage.

    At what point does a player not have success simply because he’s in a certain system with certain other players.

  9. The Patriots will be looking at the front 7 defensively when Ingram figures to be still on the board.

    Sure its nice to picture him in the Patriots backfield, but that really is fantasy football.

    For all the talk about Corey Dillon the Patriots won two SB’s with Antowain Smith as their leading rusher.

    The nasty D is where its at.

  10. Mike!!! you must be insane. Mark Ingram is 2-3rd round pick. What we need is to move up to the #6 pick and take Robert Quinn. Quinning!!!!

    Go Pats

  11. I just want Ingram to go to a team where he can be an asset to the team and the team can help him have a great career.

  12. I’m so sick of the pro patriots media bias. It doesn’t matter what player they draft, the media will fall all over themselves calling it a great pick and how well the player will fit the patriots…

  13. Some first round ranked prospects also failed drug tests this year, at the Combine and elsewhere. Not saying the Ben Johnson look alike is one of the culprits, but you never know.

  14. I’m no NFL scout but he looked serious in his workouts. I do have a hard time believing the Pats would show their hand before the draft.

  15. I don’t want Ingram. He only carried the ball 14 times a game. I don’t think he is that special player. Can get a real good back in the second or third round. Give me a front seven player with 17, and hopefully one of the stud O tackles with 28. Then can get some bounty overnite with the 33rd pick. OL and DL can step in and play quickly. They already have a young team, so we don’t need more rookies.

  16. The Dolphins will take him first even though they’ve got another year with Brown and Ricky. Too bad Pats. Maybe next time.

  17. @grogansheroes …

    Right … he’s not that special. Nobody else wanted the Heisman that year so he said he’d take it. You don’t need more rookies? Fine, then you can just give away all those extra draft picks and stand pat. 🙄

  18. Add Ingram with Welker, Hernandez, Gronk, Branch, Faulk, BJGE, and maybe a speedster WR like Edmond Gates at Brady’s disposal and that could drive DCs crazy

  19. I would be surprised if they take a running back first round after getting burned on their most recent attempt at it.

  20. thefiesty1 says: Apr 24, 2011 8:41 PM

    The Dolphins will take him first even though they’ve got another year with Brown and Ricky. Too bad Pats. Maybe next time.

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    Yeah, I guess it will be another season of the Pats looking up at the Dolphins and trying to emulate their success. Oh wait…

  21. Some teams are concerned that Ingram will get so “swole” with the juice, he might pop.

  22. Ingram would be nice, but only at 28 or 33, and he won’t be there.

    Pats should take Cameron Jordan at 17, Ryan Williams (RB VA Tech) or Mikel Leshoure at 28, and Ben Ijalana at 33.

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