The search and debate continues over how to improve the pass rush and our D-line. As Melvin Ingram's draft stock roars upward, I admit I am uneducated to his upside and potential. I did not focus on him much during the few USC games I watched this season. His size as a smaller DE/OLB is mentioned often (6-2, 275 lbs, 4.82), and he generally gets compared to being in the mold of a Dwight Freeny. I must admit that this always makes me think of Everette Brown (6-2, 256 lbs, 4.65), another high DE pick in similar mold who the Panthers drafted a few years ago. He was the #3 ranked DE his year, and thought to be a first-rounder as well. Needless to say, though Everette had a lot of heart and character, his size really hampered him and he is no longer with the team (or in the league?). I also am reminded of another "tweener sized" USC OLB we drafted in Eric Norwood (6-1, 241, 4.8). I liked watching him play in college and had high hopes for him, but he has not seen much of the field either during his short career.
Fortunately for me, the CSR community is here to provide a constructive, civilized, and mature environment where I can be educated and such things can be discussed. I am hoping that some info and discussion can be presented on why this gentleman is worth our #9 overall pick as a small sized DE. Please note I am very open to selecting him, so do not castigate me like I'm anti-Ingram. I just wish to be enlightened so I can get on board this train if needed. So what I really want to know is... what do you guys and gals think?...
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