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Ingram, Allen Grab Attention at Senior Bowl

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During this year's Senior Bowl week, Melvin Ingram and Antonio Allen did their fair share to stand out while representing the Gamecocks in the game. Several media outlets had plenty to say about these two stand-outs as we get closer to the NFL Draft this April.

Ingram_09_10_11_000104_TB.jpgOn Melvin:

"...looked terrific in pass rushing drills. He plays low and has been tough to block."-

"Collapsed the pocket well and even tossed a running back to the ground like a rag doll to end one play." -

 "...natural athlete who is versatile, explosive, and a high motor player." -

"He's got really light feet." -

" to diagnose plays quickly...used power and quickness to win the majority of his matchups." -

"He flashed natural change of direction skills on his spin move...he can reach the pass rusher in a number of ways...he should be a first round selection" -

"He has a rare combination of quickness, agility and power closing...we are confident Ingram will end up as a first-round pick." -

"...terrific athletic ability, really impressive guy." -

"...high-motor, quick, strong. Fun to watch, tough to block." -

"Very productive and versatile...good pursuit...good motor...good athletic ability." -

" athletic and versatile defensive lineman who can be a terror against the pass." -

"If you can't get a quarterback, get the other team's quarterback. The Seahawks need a pass rusher and Ingram fits the bill." -

Melvin Ingram earned consensus All-American status for his 2011 season that saw him score three touchdowns and tie the school record for single-season sacks at 10.

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Allen_091011_000082_TB.jpgOn Antonio:

"...flashed skill all day." -

"He's a very sudden player that jumps out of nowhere to make plays." -

"Allen is a vicious hitter." -

"...played very physical and consistently made solid form tackles" -

"At South Carolina, Allen essentially played outside linebacker and spent a lot of time near the line of scrimmage. Allen, who is from Ocala, Fla., was the only player to finish among the top 10 in the SEC in tackles (88), interceptions (three), forced fumbles (four) and fumble recoveries (three).

But at 6-1 and 202 pounds, Allen projects as a safety in the NFL. It will take some getting used to.
Asked about ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. ranking him as his No. 2 safety prospect behind Alabama's Mark Barron, Allen said: "I'd say he's doubting me a little bit. But Kiper's a good guy."

- The Charlotte Observer

Antonio led the Senior Bowl's South team with seven tackles, including five solo tackles, also a team-high.

The first round of the NFL Draft will take place Thursday, April 26, followed by the second and third rounds on Friday, April 27. Rounds 4-7 will be held Saturday, April 28.

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