Pick made by metallicolts:
Make no mistake about it. When Bill Parcells was brought into Miami, the focus of the offense was shifted to the run game. With the first overall pick in the draft, the Miami Dolphins selected OT Jake Long. How did that add up? The Dolphins came out and embarrassed the Patriots with a new game plan, the wildcat. It took the NFL by storm and even helped Miami win the AFC East. In 2009, Miami finished 4th in overall rushing. Since then, the run game has regressed. In 2010, the Dolphins fell to 21st in overall rushing. Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown are set to become free agents. Both are aging and together averaged just under four yards per carry. Whether the Dolphins should look to re-sign either one of these players remains in question. One thing remains certain. The Dolphins must look for a young running back that can immediately step in and carry the load.
In 2009, Mark Ingram helped the Alabama Crimson Tide to their 13th national championship. In the same season, he became Alabama's first Heisman Trophy winner. In his collegiate career, he averaged 5.7 yards per carry, racking up 3,261 yards and scoring 46 total touchdowns in just three seasons. In his Heisman trophy campaign, he average 6.1 yards per carry for a whopping 1,658 yards and scored 20 total touchdowns. Even with Alabama's great depth at running back, Ingram battled back from injury in 2010 and still managed to receive the majority of has the carries. Mark has drawn comparisons to the legendary Emmitt Smith. He possesses incredible balance and a real knack for getting yards after contact.
Mark Ingram has proven he is NFL ready. The Dolphins can expect him to share carries in the beginning of the 2011 season and eventually take over the starting role. If Miami's offensive line can return to its 2009 form, Mark could be in for a strong rookie of the year campaign. He is definitely capable of being the Dolphins first rookie running back to rush for 1,000 yards since Karim Abdul-Jabbar in 1996. Consider this pick a slam dunk for South Beach.
If Ingram is taken 15th overall, it'll be the first time since 2005 the Dolphins have taken a RB in the first round (Ronnie Brown). Also, it'll be the first time since 2000 a RB from Alabama was taken in the first round, when Shaun Alexander was taken 19th overall by the Seahawks.
Mark Ingram Scouting Report from Mocking the Draft
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