#3: Who is.. Melvin Ingram?

Melvin Ingram, OLB/DE South Carolina

Result (NFL Combine) Ranking (DL)
Height 6’1″
Weight 264
Arm Length 31.5″
Bench Press 28 Reps
40-Yard Dash 4.79 (sec)
Vertical 34.5″
3-Cone Drill 6.83 (sec) 2nd


  • Incredible athleticism
  • Versatility; able to play linebacker or defensive end at a high level
  • Has a relentless motor
  • Quick off the snap
  • A leader on and off the field, a “locker room guy”


  • Physical limitations; height, weight, arm length
  • Fails to consistently shed blockers due to lack of size

Melvin Ingram was a productive outside linebacker/defensive end for South Carolina. There’s a lot to like about Ingram, starting with his athleticism. He is a “specimen” as some say, strong enough to overpower most blockers but quick enough to blow by them as well. His 28 reps on the bench press at the NFL combine put his strength on display for all. He went on to dazzle in the running drills, running 4.79 seconds in the 40-yard dash and 6.83 seconds in the three-cone drill (second amongst all defensive linemen). His tape shows a smart defender that is fluid in his movement, unlike Courtney Upshaw who is very rigid. He has a knack for getting to the football and making plays when needed (example here). Ingram is also extremely versatile. Need a linebacker? He can fill in. Need a pass rusher? Call on Ingram. Effective versatility is something that Pete Carroll values more than many coaches, so in his eyes Ingram may be a player ready to blossom in his scheme at the NFL level. As an added bonus, Ingram is a natural leader both on and off the field. He is a “locker room guy”, something that several other pass-rushers in this class are not (Ahem, Mr. Quinton Coples).

The only knack on Ingram is his size. At 6’1”, he is not the long, rangy, angular defender that Carroll wants in his pass-rushers. Pete Carroll wants a big, 6’4”, long-armed guy that can get to the quarterback. Ingram can get to the quarterback, but doesn’t have the size. He can also get shut down by quicker and bigger offensive tackles because he is not very big. His short 31.5” arms are something to worry about in particular. For comparison I am 5’10” with 31” arms, nearly the same length. So, could 31.5” arms be problematic? It could conceivably be the reason why Pete Carroll elects not to draft Ingram #12 overall.