Any doubts I had about South Carolina Melvin Ingram’s athletic ability and a possible transition to linebacker were eliminated when I asked him if he played basketball in high school
“Yes sir,” said Ingram
And what position did you play?
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I’m sorry, did you say point guard?
“Yes, sir,” Ingram said.
I was too dumbfounded to ask the follow-up question, but Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times bailed me out, asking if Ingram was a pass-first guard or a shooter.
“I was a scorer,” he said.
So Ingram was a 6-2, 225-pound point guard in high school. He also played running back, receiver and quarterback in high school. Ingram was on the hands team for South Carolina. He can do a back flip right now. And he can dunk. Ingram measured at 6-foot-1, 264 pounds here at the combine.
Ingram said he doesn’t have a preference of whether he plays in a 3-4 or 4-3 scheme, and has met with teams that employ both defensive fronts.
Ingram said he’s been working out in California with Denver pass rush specialist Von Miller. The two share the same agent, Joby Branion of Athletes First in Irvine, Calif., and Ingram hopes to have the same impact in his rookie season as Miller.
Asked what sets him apart from other pass rushers in the draft, here’s what Ingram had to say: “Athletic ability, and just my relentless effort to get around the ball.”
Expect the Seahawks to take a close look at Ingram because of his versatility, particularly with defensive coordinator Gus Bradley running so many sub packages with different personnel. Ingram could provide pass rush off the edge and from the interior of the defense, and he could also be a dropper.
Check out his highlights in the video below.