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NFL Draft Profile: Melvin Ingram

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After quietly leading the Gamecocks in sacks in the 2010 SEC Eastern Division Championship season, defensive end Melvin Ingram from Rockingham, NC, exploded on to the scene in 2011 as a senior. A team captain, Ingram helped lead the Gamecocks to a historic 11 wins on the season and a Top 10 finish, captivating fans with his athleticism, affable personality and big play-making ability from week to week.

*****UPDATE: Melvin Ingram was selected with the No. 18 pick by the San Diego Chargers

Photo from official Chargers Facebook page:

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NFL Combine Vital Stats:

Height: 6'1"
Weight: 264 lbs.
40 yd Dash: 4.79 seconds
Vertical Jump: 34.5 inches

Check out some of Melvin's highlights from the 2011 season:

You can see more videos on the Gamecocks Online Melvin Ingram YouTube playlist.

Awards and Notes:
- Just the third consensus All-American in South Carolina Football history (named first team All-America by AFCA, Walter Camp, Sporting News and Associated Press)
- First team All-SEC selection
- Had 48 tackles including team-highs in tackles for loss (15) and sacks (10), 3 touchdowns, 2 interceptions in 2011.
- Finished his career fourth on the sacks record list at Carolina
- Participated in the Senior Bowl and won every event he participated in at the All-Star Football Challenge skills competition leading up to the Draft.

With jaw-dropping plays like his 68-yard fake punt for a touchdown against Georgia, Ingram quickly grabbed attention from media and scouts. Check out a sampling of what they said about him leading up to the NFL Draft:

What They're Saying about Super Melvin:

NFL Draft:

Melvin Ingram Sport Science back flip screen grab.JPGWhy, yes, he can do a standing back flip... even in pads.

Gamecock Melvin Ingram's Athleticism Analyzed on ESPN's Sport Science
"Coming out of his spin move, in just three steps he accelerates to almost 18 miles per hour. At 264 lbs. he's capable of generating hits of more than 2,500 lbs. of force."

"This is a defensive talent who made plays in the mighty SEC against good football players. He made them as a rush end. He made them as a stand-up linebacker. He made them in coverage. He even made them on special teams, his fake-punt run for a touchdown against Georgia is something you should watch on YouTube...Ingram has a low center and strong legs, much like Dwight Freeney the Colts. He isn't as explosive as Freeney, but he does have big-time closing speed. Ingram's best 40 time at the combine was 4.69, the same as Coples. But the 20-yard shuttle times, which show the ability to change directions quickly, give a big edge to Ingram. His best time was 4.18 seconds. Coples' best was 4.80. That's a huge difference. That's what makes Ingram special, closing speed and the ability to explode after the runner and the quarterback."

- When it comes to making plays, Ingram is best pass rusher in the draft (

*You can watch the play against Vanderbilt writer Pete Prisco highlights at the 0:37 mark of this video. The Vandy game was a breakout game for the Gamecock defense, allowing just 77 yards of offense. Ingram had four tackles in that game (3 for loss), two sacks, a pass break-up and a fumble recovery for a touchdown.

The football version of a decathlete (

South Carolina showcases stellar class at pro day ( Blog)

2012 Path to the Pros: Melvin Ingram (Video - Stack TV)

Ingram, Gilmore look like Top 15 picks at South Carolina Pro Day (Pro Football Talk)

2011 Season Features:

"Big Players Make Big Plays" Q&A: Melvin Ingram

Melvin Ingram Photo Gallery:

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Congratulations to you and your family, and continued success in the NFL! So happy for you! Thanks for everything you did for the USC Football program. Take Care!

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