Melvin Ingram thinks the questions about his arm length are silly

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Prior to the NFL draft, the biggest knock on South Carolina defensive end Melvin Ingram was that his arms were too short: His arm length, as measured at the Scouting Combine, was 31.5 inches, and some people questioned whether that would limit him in the NFL.

Ingram, who was selected in the first round by the Chargers, has heard that criticism. And he thinks it’s ridiculous.

“I really don’t care about that stuff,” Ingram said on NFL Network. “I’ve told a lot of people, short arms or long arms don’t make you a football player. If that were the case everybody with long arms would play football. Either you’re a football player or you’re not. Your arm length doesn’t make a difference.”

One of the strengths of Ingram heading into the draft was the view among coaches that he can be a good fit at multiple positions. Ingram said at the first day of the Chargers’ rookie minicamp that he’s already doing that.

“Sam linebacker, defensive end, and other positions,” Ingram said he’s learning in the Chargers’ defense. “I’m just trying to work hard and do whatever my coaches need me to do.”

Short arms won’t hold him back from doing that.

22 responses to “Melvin Ingram thinks the questions about his arm length are silly

  1. I’m not sure if short arms will affect a linebacker that much, but hey, 31.5 inch arms on a 6′ 2″ body are going to look like the itty bitty arms on a gigantic tyrannosauros rex!

  2. I know that short arms help with bench pressing and other lifts, so if anything it may give him more push because his arms are compact. But that is just from a positive outlook.

  3. But do you realize how short this is?

    Most dress-shirt manufacturers don’t make dress shirts with sleeve lengths less than 32″ – something I know about all too well because I worked in back-office jobs on Wall Street for 15 years and my sleeve length is like 30.5″. I’m 5’4″ – and when I once complained about the lack of available options a salesman told me that the typical man who has a 31″ sleeve length isn’t more than 5’0″!

    There used to be this chain or clothiers in Manhattan by the name of Bancroft that stocked dress shirts with sleeve lengths down to 30″, by the way – but they went out of business some time ago.

  4. It sure seems to have made a difference to Brandon Graham of the Eagles, he came out of college after a huge senior season with the same questions about arm length… and he has really struggled at the NFL in disengaging from blocks and keeping offensive tackles’ hands off him.

  5. It’s actually a huge difference. I’ve played offensive tackle before (both sides) and played against those 6’5 long armed kind of guys. I only have arms that are about 27 inches and am about 5’10. I had these guys with those 34-36 inch arms fully lock out on me, and my hands couldn’t even reach him. So I was just stuck shuffling my feet.
    It is really hard to pass rush if you can’t get your hands on an offensive lineman.

  6. As a Chiefs fan I hope they go 0-16 but the length of ones arms as it relates to whether he will succeed in the NFL is ridiculous. Why don’t we just let the combine pick all the college players and save on salaries for scouts.

  7. Dude doesn’t stand a chance.

    Another great choice by the lord of no rings himself, AJ Smith.

  8. His arms are half an inch shorter than Jared Allen’s, and the same size as Tamba Hali’s.

    Having short arms hasn’t limited either of those guys, has it?

  9. 32 inch arms:

    Jared Allen 6’6′
    Terrell Suggs 6’3′
    Cameron Wake 6’3′
    Joey Porter 6’3′
    Trent Cole 6’3′
    Elvis Dumervil 5’11’

    Melvin Ingram at just 6’1′ has 31.5′ arms…

    So if very tall Jared Allen at 6’6 has 32′ arms and it’s not a problem then why would it be a problem for a guy that’s 6’1′ with 31’5′ arms?

  10. danny2305 says:

    “Ask Robert Gallery if short arms make a difference in the NFL”

    Excellent point. Having short arms may not affect every player out there, but they sure do affect O-Linemen. It’s the reason I think Riley Reiff will never be an effective LT in the NFL. RT maybe, but not LT.

  11. Short arms haven’t stopped Robert Mathis from being a league leader in sacks and forced fumbles every year for about a decade.

  12. Blasphemy. Elvis Dumervil is short, but known for his 6-foot-6 long arm wing span. His team mates poke fun at him. Look it up.

  13. Whether is arm length will hurt his play is the dumbest question since, Ireland of Miami asked the Bryant kid about his mother’s job. Melvin Ingram is my pick for defensive ROY. As a Panthers fan, I wanted him over Kuechly. I suppose such crazy talk, keeps somebody employed.

  14. Arm length makes a difference but its not the. End all, be all. If you think about Oline vs Dline it can. Be compared to boxing. Mayweathers much longer arms have him that distance vs Cotto to control the fight. While Cotto got shots in, the arm length is a big piece of it.

  15. i don’t care if his arms are a little small ,i care about the size of his heart ! From what i can see his play shows BIG heart

  16. All the short arm talk just gives him another motivator to prove people wrong.

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