2015 NFL DRAFT

Melvin Ingram, OLB

School: South Carolina  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Hamlet, NC
Height/Weight: 6-2 / 264 lbs.
Projected Ranking
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04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Chargers' picks: Round 1/18 - Melvin Ingram, OLB, 6-1, 195, South Carolina...Eager to find someone to disrupt opposing quarterbacks, the Chargers were ecstatic to get their mitts on Ingram after he tumbled down the board. Ingram has the versatility that allows him to line up in various spots, although the Chargers are eyeing him as a situational pass-rusher, at least in the early stages of next year. He will be given every chance to see the field quickly. - The Sports Xchange

04/30/2012 - April is often called the liars month in the NFL, as so much disinformation is dispersed that it can make one head's swim. But Chargers general manager A. J. Smith, facing a sink-or-swim season in regard to his job security, was true to his word. After being active in free agency to shore up holes on offense, the Chargers turned to defense during the draft. Outside linebacker Melvin Ingram was the biggest catch, a pass-rusher from South Carolina who'll give the team's coaches a versatile player to tinker with. But on the heels of Ingram came defensive tackle Kendall Reyes from Connecticut and strong safety Brandon Taylor by way of LSU. Reyes will likely be slid outside in the Chargers' 3-4 setup, and Taylor could battle newcomer Atari Bigby for a starting job. The team's final four picks were offensive players -- two linemen - as it was clear the Chargers were using this draft to get better on defense. BEST PICK: Outside linebacker Melvin Ingram: With the NFL's worst third-down defense last season, it was imperative the team improve on passing downs. With Ingram, they got their man and just maybe he supplies a jolt to the Bolts' pass rush. With 21.5 sacks in his last two seasons at South Carolina, Ingram could help resurrect the team's ability to get after quarterbacks. - The Sports Xchange

04/30/2012 - OLB Melvin Ingram grew up on the other side of the tracks, which gave him appreciation for what life offers, good and bad. "Coming from a tough neighborhood, nothing was easy," Ingram said. "I had one parent growing up and was less fortunate than some of the other kids, but I never felt sorry for myself. I felt like God put me in a difficult situation because he wanted me to learn something. He wanted me to grow and he wanted me to define the man I am today through hard work." He still answers reporters and new acquaintances with "yes ma'am' and "yes sir", "My mother wouldn't have it any other way," Ingram said. QUOTE TO NOTE: "Growing up, I wanted to be like Ray Lewis. He is passionate about this game and passionate about his job. He has an obsession for finding the football. I have that, too." - Chargers first-round pick OLB Melvin Ingram on what player he looked up to. - The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - The Chargers say it every year, but maybe this year they really mean it: they got the player they wanted in the draft's first round. Melvin Ingram, the University of South Carolina standout, was selected No. 18 by the Chargers on Thursday. Eager to fix a third-down defense which was the NFL's worst last year, the team turned to Ingram to cleanse that blemish. "That was the key for us so obviously you can talk about a lot of different areas, a lot of different things," Turner said. "But to me we have improved a great deal as a football team through free agency and improved today by adding a player the caliber of Melvin." Ingram moved around at South Carolina, playing along every defensive level, save the secondary. But it's on the edge where he will line up most in the in the Chargers' 3-4, asked to supply a push to the pocket. "This was the right pick for us," Turner said. - The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - 2012 NFL DRAFT: PICK-BY-PICK ANALYSIS: 18. San Diego Chargers: -- OLB Melvin Ingram, South Carolina -- Ingram is super-athletic with 19 sacks the last two seasons, but wasn't a fulltime starter in his college career. With only 32 sacks, the Chargers were pliable in the secondary, giving up 29 TD passes and too many big plays. Pass rush was a need, in part, because the No. 16 pick in 2009, Larry English, has been dogged by injuries. - Jeff Reynolds, The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - The Chargers said they were surprised Ingram was at No. 18, and they might not be fibbing. It was believed the rush on those getting after quarterbacks would come earlier, but with a tsunami of offensive players being drafted, it came later than expected. That worked in the Chargers favor, as they dedicated most of their earlier offseason work to shoring up the offense. So it was clear they wanted to aid a defense which fell on hard times, and they could hardly contain their glee that Ingram was there at their spot. "That was the great thing for us because in all the mocks we saw, the things we did in our work outs, that Melvin would be gone a lot earlier," said Jimmy Raye, the team's director of pro personnel. "We were excited when he came down the board." Raye said the Chargers toyed with trading up, but it wasn't required the way the draft was unfolding. "We always are considering everything," he said. "We thought about going up, of course, but we decided to stay where we were. We had a cluster of players we felt good about and when he was there, we felt good about it." That good feeling could be extended if Ingram pans out. He left South Carolina with 21.5 sacks, the fourth-most in school history. His 10 sacks last year tied the team's single-season mark. - The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - "My No. 1 goal is to come in and work hard and make an impact as soon as possible," Ingram said. He added 15 tackles for losses last year, and the Chargers are all eyes about that. But when seeing their depth chart, there seems to be an overload of outside linebackers: Larry English, Antwan Barnes, and Shaun Phillips. And that's fine with Turner. "An impact player doesn't have to be on the field every down," Turner reminded. He's right. And the Chargers hope they got right on Thursday, making a move that will return them to the playoffs for the first time in three seasons. - The Sports Xchange

04/26/2012 - ROB RANG'S TOP 50 PLAYERS OF THE 2012 NFL DRAFT: 16. Melvin Ingram, DE/LB, South Carolina: Blessed with extraordinarily light feet for a 6-2, 276 pound man, Ingram's impressive agility made him a star at defensive tackle for the Gamecocks in 2011. As he proved at the Combine, his athleticism may be good enough, in fact, to make the transition to defensive end or even outside linebacker in the 3-4 in the NFL. That said, his short arms (31") will make him much easier to block at the NFL level and Ingram has struggled a bit with durability. Also, scouts would be wise to remember that Ingram started just 13 of the 51 games he played with the Gamecocks. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

04/13/2012 - He scored two touchdowns and recovered an onside kick in South Carolina's 45-42 win over Georgia, landing the 2-0 Gamecocks a No. 12 national ranking. It was the type of statement victory heralding just how far coach Steve Spurrier has taken the program and the type of game any offensive player would celebrate against an SEC East rival. The rub? Melvin Ingram, 6-foot-1 ??, 264 pounds, isn't a tight end or fullback. A one-year starter and athletic freak, Ingram matured into a pass-rush demon in 2011, making 10 sacks and 15 tackles for loss. The game against Georgia personified Ingram's physical skills as he returned a fumble for a 5-yard score, took a fake punt 68 yards for another touchdown, and yes - as part of the hands team - recovered the only onside kick attempt against South Carolina's hands unit all season. How did he earn that role? "Just playing around in practice every day doing the receiver drills and doing the running back drills," Ingram explained. "My coaches just put me on it." Spurrier, half-serious, joked with a reporter that Ingram could've played running back as well, which he did in high school (Ingram also was a 225-pound score-first point guard on the basketball team). Working out in California at Velocity Sports Performance, one current NFL linebacker heard about one of Ingram's talents, but wouldn't believe it until he saw for himself. So Ingram busted out one of his standing backflips, impressing 2011 Defensive Rookie of the Year and All-Pro Von Miller of the Denver Broncos. "He just didn't think I could do it," Ingram said. - Christopher Smith, Chargers.com

04/05/2012 - One of the more overlooked aspects of Melvin Ingram's game is that the South Carolina defensive end/linebacker has logged some time, albeit briefly, at tackle during his career with the Gamecocks. That isn't likely to get Ingram, regarded by most scouts as the premier "edge" rusher in the draft pool, selected any higher. But it might be of some interest to teams who move outside rushers inside on third downs, attempting to create mismatches against slower guards. "It might not be a huge factor, but it's one more thing in his favor," said an NFC personnel chief. Of course, the projection is that Ingram will be chosen by a 3-4 team as a rush 'backer, and not many of those defenses align "edge" players inside in nickel situations. But if Ingram inexplicably slides in the first round, some 4-3 team might remember the three or four sacks he collected in his career while playing tackle. Again, most of the defenses that align outside players over guards, as with the New York Giants' so-called "NASCAR" look, rely on 4-3 fronts. There are a few 3-4 teams that might consider moving Ingram off the "edge" on third down, and blitzing him inside. The last word: "I think, in the NFL, they put even more emphasis on getting to the quarterback. Hey, it's important, no matter the level you're at. But I maybe didn't realize just how important it is to them until I started talking to teams. Man, they're all about it." - Ingram, arguably the top-rated pass rusher in the draft, and a guy who notched 19 sacks the past two seasons. - Len Pasquarelli, The Sports Xchange

03/29/2012 - South Carolina standouts Melvin Ingram, Stephon Gilmore and Alshon Jeffery have worked out for about two dozen NFL personnel at the Gamecocks' stadium. Ingram is a defensive end and Gilmore a cornerback, both are projected as first-round selections in next month's NFL draft. Jeffery was the Gamecocks star receiver who looked like a top five pick when last season began but has dropped from many first-round projections. His production dipped from his sophomore to junior years. Jeffery finally ran the 40-yard dash Wednesday, something he did not do last month at the Indianapolis combine. Jeffery says he didn't know what time he posted, although several posts on Twitter from scouting services pegged him in the 4.5-second range. Jeffery also caught passes from dismissed Gamecocks quarterback Stephen Garcia. - AP Sports

03/16/2012 - NFL Draft Scout Top Edge Players, OLB/DE: Melvin Ingram, OLB/DE, South Carolina, 6-1, 264, 1...Ingram showed versatility in college, playing both ends and even moving inside to defensive tackle. His combination of strength, leverage and speed made him a pass rush threat from all those positions, and NFL scouts think they might have yet another position for him - outside linebacker, although he was listed as a defensive end at the combine. Last season, Ingram made All-SEC after leading the Gamecocks with 13.5 tackles for a loss and 8.5 sacks. He also intercepted two passes and scored three touchdowns, including a 68-yarder on a fake punt in a win at Georgia. Ingram finished his career with 21.5 sacks, fourth in team history. Originally recruited as a linebacker out of North Carolina, he played 12 games as a freshman when he even returned five kickoffs for an 18-yard average. After missing 2008 with a broken foot, he was moved to the defensive line in 2009. "Wherever they point me, I'm ready to go there," Ingram said when asked if he was ready to play as a 3-4 outside linebacker in the pros. He backed up his fine career with an excellent combine that included a 34??-inch vertical jump and an unofficial time of 4.79 in 40 yards. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange/NFLDraftScout.com

02/23/2012 - NFL DRAFT SCOUT PRE-COMBINE TOP 64: 16. Melvin Ingram, OLB/DE, South Carolina, 6-2, 276, 1...Ingram showed versatility in college, playing both ends and even moving inside at defensive tackle. His combination of strength, leverage and speed made him a pass rush threat from all those positions and NFL scouts think they might have yet another position for him -- outside linebacker. Last season, Ingram made All-SEC after leading the Gamecocks with 13.5 tackles for a loss and 8.5 sacks. He also intercepted two passes and scored three touchdowns, including a 68-yarder on a fake punt in a win at Georgia. Ingram finished his career with 21.5 sacks, fourth in team history. Originally recruited as a linebacker out of North Carolina, he played 12 games as a freshman when he even returned five kickoffs for an 18-yard average. After missing 2008 with a broken foot, he was move to the defensive line in 2009. "Wherever they point me, I'm ready to go there," Ingram said when asked if he was ready to play as a 3-4 outside linebacker in the pros. - Frank Cooney - The Sports Xchange, NFL Draft Scout

01/02/2012 - BOWL HISTORY: South Carolina is 4-12-0 in bowl games and has dropped three straight under coach Steve Spurrier. The Gamecocks are 1-4 during the tenure of the Head Ball Coach. The Gamecocks were on the short end of a 26-17 score against Florida State following last season. PLAYERS TO WATCH: DT Melvin Ingram has been possibly USC's most impressive defensive performer this season. Following a stretch in which he went without a sack after injuring his foot, he returned to form against Clemson, picking up five tackles, which included two sacks. He has a team leading 8.5 sacks and 13.5 tackles for loss. - The Sports Xchange

12/30/2011 - As defensive end Melvin Ingram piled up honor after honor last month, South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier tried to deflect some of that spotlight. "It's a tribute to (defensive line coach) Brad Lawing," Spurrier said. "Somebody needs to give Brad Lawing a little pat on the back, coaching the defensive line this year." Spurrier did that when he nominated Lawing for the Frank Broyles Award, which goes to the nation's top assistant coach. (The award, which usually goes to an offensive or defensive coordinator, was won this year by Louisiana State University defensive coordinator John Chavis.) - The Augusta Chronicle

12/07/2011 - 2011 ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-SEC FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM: DE - Melvin Ingram, South Carolina, Sr., has been selected All-SEC Conference First Team for the 2011 college football season as voted on by The Associated Press. Ingram, a 6-2, 276-pounder from Hamlet, N.C., led the Gamecocks with 13.5 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks. He also intercepted two passes, was credited with six quarterback hurries and scored three touchdowns, including a 68-yard scamper on a fake punt in the Gamecocks' win at Georgia. - South Carolina football

12/07/2011 - 2011 AFCA FBS COACHES' ALL-AMERICA TEAM: DL Melvin Ingram, Sr., South Carolina, has been selected to the 2011 AFCA FBS Coaches' All-America Team announced by the American Football Coaches Association. Ingram, a 6-2, 276-pounder from Hamlet, N.C., led the Gamecocks with 13.5 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks. He also intercepted two passes, was credited with six quarterback hurries and scored three touchdowns, including a 68-yard scamper on a fake punt in the Gamecocks' win at Georgia. - South Carolina football

12/07/2011 - 2011 ALL-SEC FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DL - Melvin Ingram, South Carolina, has been selected All-SEC Conference First Team for the 2011 college football season as voted upon by the SEC head coaches. Ingram, a 6-2, 276-pounder from Hamlet, N.C., led the Gamecocks with 13.5 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks. He also intercepted two passes, was credited with six quarterback hurries and scored three touchdowns, including a 68-yard scamper on a fake punt in the Gamecocks' win at Georgia. - South Carolina football

10/06/2011 - DE Melvin Ingram continues to play as well as any athlete at his position in the nation. With 4.5 tackles for losses, including 3.5 sacks to go with an interception, he was the Gamecocks most valuable player against Auburn. In addition to a 68-yard touchdown run on a fake punt, he is third on the team in tackles with 26, has 7.5 tackles for losses, which includes 5.5 sacks. He has broken up a pass, defended three, hurried the quarterback three times and picked up a fumble. - The Sports Xchange

10/06/2011 - DE Melvin Ingram was named the Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Week for the second consecutive week after picking up 11 tackles, which included 4.5 for loss and 3.5 quarterback sacks. He also recorded an interception deep in USC territory. The senior has been the Gamecocks' breakout player this season, as he has been honored three times by the SEC, once as Special Teams Player of the Week. He is tied for third on the team in tackles with 26. He has a team-leading 7.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks to go with two interceptions. - The Sports Xchange

10/06/2011 - SCOUTING THE DEFENSE: For the third consecutive week, the defense displayed improvement in its journey to become the dominant unit predicted in the preseason. Particularly impressive has been the line, led by senior Melvin Ingram. The least-publicized member of a line featuring All-SEC performer Devin Taylor and Jadeveon Clowney, the top high school player in America last season, Ingram has out-shined both. He leads the team with 7.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks. Despite the solid play, the Gamecocks allowed Auburn to score the game-winning touchdown with the clock winding down. - The Sports Xchange

10/06/2011 - Senior DE Melvin Ingram probably has contributed more to South Carolina than any player to his team in the country. Having already scored touchdowns on both defense and special teams, he was dominant against Auburn. He finished with 11 tackles, including 4.5 tackles for losses and 3.5 quarterback sacks. When the Tigers tried a fake field goal, Ingram picked up his second interception of the season. - The Sports Xchange

10/03/2011 - WEEK 5 SEC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Melvin Ingram, Defensive End, South Carolina...In South Carolina's 16-13 los to Auburn, Ingram recorded 11 total tackles, including eight solo stops. He also had 4.5 tackles for loss (-21 yards), including a career-best three sacks (-20 yards). Ingram also collected an interception and two quarterback hurries against the Tigers. The Gamecock defense limited Auburn to just 3.9 yards per play in the contest and 18 points below their season's scoring average. Ingram is now the SEC's leader in sacks (5.5) and tackles for loss (7.5) this season. - SEC football

09/26/2011 - WEEK 4 SEC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Melvin Ingram, Defensive End, South Carolina: Ingram scored his third touchdown of the season, this time falling on a fumble in the end zone in the second quarter for the Gamecocks' first points in a 21-3 win over Vanderbilt...Ingram was also credited with four tackles on the night, including three tackles for loss that accounted for 24 yards, and a pair of sacks. He also broke up one pass...The Gamecock defense limited Vanderbilt to just five first downs and 77 total yards on 48 plays, an average of 1.6 yards per play. Only two of Vanderbilt's 14 drives lasted longer than four plays and only one gained more than 10 yards...Ingram is tied for third in the SEC in sacks (two). - SEC football

09/25/2011 - He's national, baby. "I owe it all to my teammates," said Ingram of his 15 minutes of fame on everybody's favorite social networking website, which came after yet another stellar night at defensive end, this one ending with four tackles, two sacks, a tipped pass and a fumble recovery for a touchdown in the end zone. Guess what, Melvin - the South Carolina athletic department now owes you something as well. A Heisman Trophy campaign. "The way he playing right now, yeah. He got a chance to win the Heisman," said Jadeveon Clowney, who deserves an assist for Ingram's first quarter touchdown. It was Clowney's forced fumble that led to the score. "'You're going to be a Heisman candidate,'" continued Clowney, echoing what he said he's been telling Ingram. "I mess with him like that all the time." Here's the thing though: Clowney may think he is pulling Ingram's leg, but he really isn't. It's the truth. Four weeks into the season, Ingram, who has been dynamic, athletic and downright dominant, has as legitimate a claim to being a Heisman Trophy candidate as any college football player in the country. - James Kratch, The Gamecock

09/14/2011 - WEEK 2 REWIND: While statisticians didn't give him credit for many tackles, Ingram was a constant thorn in the side of Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray, often pressuring the preseason first-team All-SEC pick and hustling downfield in pursuit of ball carriers. An instinctive and tenacious lineman similar to former South Carolina star Eric Norwood (Carolina Panthers), Ingram's NFL projection is to defensive end. The similarities between Ingram and Norwood may not end there. Ingram could wind up with a similar draft grade as his former teammate (selected in the fourth round, 124th overall in 2010). Teams will find ways in which to get the versatile athlete on the field despite his lack of prototypical size. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

09/14/2011 - WEEK 2 REWIND: Those who witnessed Ndamukong Suh's dominance of Colt McCoy and the Texas Longhorns in the 2009 Big 12 Championship Game probably believed they had seen the entire book on how a defensive tackle could impact a college football game. Then on Saturday, South Carolina's Melvin Ingram only registered a single assisted tackle, but the redshirt senior provided big plays in every other conceivable way Saturday in a thrilling SEC East showdown against the Georgia Bulldogs: scoring from 68 yards out on a fake punt; the clinching score on a fumble return; recovering the Bulldogs' last-ditch onside kick attempt. Ingram's superhuman effort was as surprising as it was impactful. Overshadowed by junior Devin Taylor and freshman Jadeveon Clowney, the 6-foot-2, 276-pound Ingram was moved inside to defensive tackle this season despite the fact that he was coming off a junior season in which he recorded the second-highest single-season sack total (nine) in the program's history. Undersized for the position, Ingram's quickness and good pad level made him a tough assignment for the bigger, slower Georgia offensive linemen. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

09/12/2011 - SEC WEEK 2 SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Melvin Ingram, Defensive End, South Carolina, took a direct snap on a fake punt and rambled 68 yards for a touchdown and also caught onside kick at end of game to seal South Carolina's 45-42 win at Georgia. On defense, Ingram also recovered fumble and ran it five yards for a touchdown late in fourth quarter to put the Gamecocks up by 10 points, 45-35. Ingram's 68-yard run put the Gamecocks ahead 14-13 going into halftime. - SEC football

09/11/2011 - WALTER CAMP WEEK 2 NATIONAL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Melvin Ingram, South Carolina, Senior, Defensive End: South Carolina defensive end Melvin Ingram had an all-around game as the Gamecocks held off SEC-rival Georgia, 45-42. Ingram recovered a fumble and returned it for a touchdown, and took a direct snap (off a fake punt) and ran 68 yards for a score. He added one tackle and secured the victory when he recovered an onside kick. - The Walter Camp Football Foundation

09/10/2011 - South Carolina scored twice off turnovers, including defensive end Melvin Ingram's second touchdown with 3:12 remaining, and the No. 12 Gamecocks beat mistake-prone Georgia 45-42 Saturday for the early lead in the Southeastern Conference East. The Gamecocks (2-0, 1-0 SEC) set up another touchdown with a long fumble return, and Ingram scored his first career TD on a fake punt. Georgia (0-2, 0-1) dominated the stats but simply couldn't overcome all the major blunders. Antonio Allen returned an interception 25 yards for a TD in the third quarter, and the Gamecocks clinched it when Jadeveon Clowney burst through the line and knocked the ball away from quarterback Aaron Murray. Ingram picked it up in the end zone to make it 45-35. Murray threw four touchdown passes. - AP Sports

07/19/2011 - 2011 SEC PRESEASON ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM (COACHES): DL Melvin Ingram, South Carolina, Sr., has been selected All-SEC Football Preseason Second Team for the 2011 college football season as selected by the SEC head football coaches. - SEC football

 
 
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04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Chargers' picks: Round 1/18 - Melvin Ingram, OLB, 6-1, 195, South Carolina...Eager to find someone to disrupt opposing quarterbacks, the Chargers were ecstatic to get their mitts on Ingram after he tumbled down the board. Ingram has the versatility that allows him to line up in various spots, although the Chargers are eyeing him as a situational pass-rusher, at least in the early stages of next year. He will be given every chance to see the field quickly. - The Sports Xchange

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