Would the Redskins draft Alabama RB Mark Ingram?

ESPN’s NFC East blogger Matt Mosley had an interesting take on NFC East teams that could take a serious look at drafting Alabama running back Mark Ingram, the 2009 Heisman Trophy winner. While he mentioned that the Giants could be a potential landing spot if we were still available with the 19th overall pick (the Giants draft his father, Mark Sr., in 1987), he also had this to say about the Redskins selecting Ingram with the 10th overall pick:

There’s also another NFC East team that might have some interest in Ingram. Everyone assumes the Redskins will select a quarterback with the No. 10 overall pick, but it wouldn’t shock me if Mike Shanahan chooses Ingram. The Redskins left themselves exposed last season at running back and wide receiver. With the uncertainty surrounding free agency, there’s more pressure than ever to land starters via the draft.

Ironically, since his days in college, Ingram has been most often compared to Cowboys Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith, in terms of his playing style. He doesn’t necessarily have top-level speed, but he’s a very effective downhill runner that patiently waits for his blocks to set up.

Personally, I think the Redskins would be better served looking at the smaller, speedier running backs that could be available in the middle rounds. Pairing a player like Ryan Williams of Virginia Tech, Jacquizz Rodgers of Oregon State, or Noel Devine of West Virginia with Ryan Torain could give the Redskins a formidable 1-2 punch at running back. Despite only appearing in 10 games this season, Torain ran for 746 yards and four touchdowns, including three games with over 100 yards rushing.

While Torain fits Shanahan’s one-cut-and-go-style of running back, he seems to wear down with increased carries. A second running back that could spell him for 5-10 carries a game could go a long way in maximizing his effectiveness.


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