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Ingram goes in 28th spot, but not to the Pats

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Many (including me) believed that the Patriots would pounce on running back Mark Ingram, if Ingram were still on the board with the 28th pick in the 2011 draft.

Ingram indeed became the 28th pick.  But he won’t be heading to New England.  Instead, the Pats swung a trade with the Saints, who moved up to take the 2009 Heisman winner. The Patriots received the Saints’ second-round pick (56th overall) and the Saints’ first-round pick in 2012.

It’s the third Heisman-winning running back the Saints have taken in the first round in 12 years.  In 1999, they moved up at the top of round one to get Ricky Williams, giving up all of their 1999 draft picks and a first-rounder in 2000.  Five years ago, Reggie Bush fell to the Saints at No. 2.  Now, they’ve got Mark Ingram.

Speaking of Bush, the arrival of Ingram could make the Saints consider even more strongly the possibility of moving on, unless Bush will dramatically reduce his 2011 base salary.

Ingram becomes the first running back picked in 2011, possibly sliding due to lingering concerns about his knee.  Then there’s the fact that running backs have become roughly as fungible as punters and kickers — especially in New Orleans, where a three-headed approach has become the norm.

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20 Responses to “Ingram goes in 28th spot, but not to the Pats”
  1. profootballwalk says: Apr 28, 2011 11:18 PM

    If you thought Belichick would draft Ingram, you know absolutely nothing about Belichick. Ingram is not value at that slot for the Patriots. There was never a chance it would happen.

  2. txchief says: Apr 28, 2011 11:22 PM

    I think Sean Peyton will be going Brazilian for the 2011 season.

  3. Deb says: Apr 28, 2011 11:26 PM

    Yessss!!!!! All I wanted was for Mark to land with a contending team, in a good organization, with a good coach. I’m thrilled he’s landed with New Orleans! Saints fans have gotten a guy with great acceleration up front, a hard worker, and a great team player. Congrats, Mark!!! Four in the first round!!! ROLL TIDE ROLL!!!

  4. freedomispopular says: Apr 28, 2011 11:26 PM

    Kinda makes the Texans look like geniuses for passing on both Vince Young and Reggie Bush.

  5. iamtalkingsolistenandlearn says: Apr 28, 2011 11:27 PM

    @profootballwalk

    Since you obviously “know” Belicheat so well I’m sure you could tell us, is he happy with how you handle his underwear?

  6. moneymike23 says: Apr 28, 2011 11:32 PM

    I wonder if Pats will regret this, just like passing on Clay Matthews.

  7. prmpft says: Apr 28, 2011 11:32 PM

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  8. tennsaint says: Apr 28, 2011 11:37 PM

    Great move by Loomis, Payton and the Saints. They needed a DE and a RB and they get the best two in the draft! Excellent picks and it’s looking like another excellent draft. Who Dat Baby!

  9. gbfanforever says: Apr 28, 2011 11:42 PM

    “Ingram is not value at that slot for the Patriots. There was never a chance it would happen.”

    What about Lawrence Maroney? Apparently he thought that scrub had 1st rd value.

  10. jalbs says: Apr 28, 2011 11:47 PM

    If my calculations are correct, at this rate, Belichick will hold all 32 first round picks in the year 2057.

  11. Canyonero says: Apr 28, 2011 11:56 PM

    That’s okay, Reggie Bush will go play for the Los Angeles team.

    There’s a team in LA, right?

  12. highwaiianjahwaiian says: Apr 28, 2011 11:59 PM

    saints just became the number one team in madden

  13. tennsaint says: Apr 29, 2011 12:03 AM

    Great move by Loomis, Payton and the Saints. They needed a DE and a RB and they get the best two in the draft! Excellent picks and it’s looking like another excellent draft. Who Dat Baby!

  14. sf987 says: Apr 29, 2011 12:07 AM

    Bargain city for the Saints tonight: two top-15 talents

  15. 504in860 says: Apr 29, 2011 12:24 AM

    freedomispopular says:
    Apr 28, 2011 11:26 PM
    Kinda makes the Texans look like geniuses for passing on both Vince Young and Reggie Bush.
    ————————————————

    Sure…and 5 years later, they still haven’t reached the playoffs…and their defense is crappy.

  16. girlsinthesouthlovefootball says: Apr 29, 2011 12:30 AM

    Reggie Bush just tweeted “It’s been fun New Orleans.” Really??? Wish there wasn’t a lock-out right now so Sean Payton could call Reggie before he gets his panties all in a wad. I want to see both Ingram AND Bush—that’d be awesome.

  17. frankvzappa says: Apr 29, 2011 12:38 AM

    for the first time in my life, i can honestly say that Bill Belichick is a jackass

  18. ihateannouncers says: Apr 29, 2011 12:57 AM

    Bush is an idiot. He could learn alot from a class act person and fantastic back like Ingram. Round one goes to the Saints.

  19. CKL says: Apr 29, 2011 1:41 AM

    Wow, Saints had the best first day of any team IMO, kudos. Yet I don’t think that trade was bad for the Pats either.

  20. turbodog1027 says: Apr 29, 2011 7:35 AM

    Great move by the Saints. Ingram is an every down back and now we suddenly are loaded at RB. DE taken care of. Go for a DT in rd 3

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