2011 NFL Draft, 50 in 50: Mark Ingram - RB - Alabama (41 of 50)

There is such small chance that a running back like Mark Ingram falling in to the second round. But what if? Just what if he were to slide to the 49ers second round selection. Would he be worth it?

With the slight comparison to Emmit Smith, and the 49ers getting much, much stronger in run blocking in recent years, would it be such a horrible thing? The Cowboys, and I cringe as I typed their name, were dominant in the 1990's with a power run game and Emmit running behind the monstrous line that the Cowboys possessed back in the day.

In any case, the chances of someone of that caliber falling to the second round are slim.

But it still raises the question in that, will Frank Gore (who has only played one full season in his entire career) be healthy for an entire season with only Anthony Dixon to sub for him? I'd assume not. The 49ers will absolutely need another running back whether it be a guy in free agency, or someone through the draft.

After the jump, you know the drill... we'll take a deeper look at the former Heisman Trophy winning running back from Alabama.

In the video here. you can see why there have been comparison's to the Hall of Fame, former Dallas Cowboy, Emmit Smith. His style is very similar. He reads his blocks well and can make guys miss with the slightest of movements. His speed is about average for an NFL running back but if he gets in to the open field, he has an extra gear to get the ball across the goaline.

 

Here are his career stats:

Stats Overview Rushing Receiving Fumbles
YEAR ATT YDS AVG LNG TD REC YDS AVG LNG TD FUM LST
2008 143 728 5.1 40 12 7 54 7.7 27 0 0 0
2009 271 1658 6.1 70 17 32 334 10.4 69 3 0 0
2010 158 875 5.5 54 13 21 282 13.4 78 1 0 0
2010 Regular Season Game Log Rushing Receiving Fumbles
DATE OPP RESULT   ATT YDS AVG LNG TD REC YDS AVG LNG TD FUM LST
9/4 San Jose State W 48-3 Did Not Play or did not accumulate any stats.
9/11 Penn State W 24-3 Did Not Play or did not accumulate any stats.
9/18 @Duke W 62-13 9 151 16.8 50 2 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
9/25 @Arkansas W 24-20 24 157 6.5 54 2 2 27 13.5 20 0 0 0
10/2 Florida W 31-6 12 47 3.9 9 2 3 19 6.3 9 0 0 0
10/9 @South Carolina L 35-21 11 41 3.7 13 0 4 16 4.0 11 0 0 0
10/16 Mississippi W 23-10 15 60 4.0 11 0 3 7 2.3 4 0 0 0
10/23 @Tennessee W 41-10 14 88 6.3 42 2 1 -1 -1.0 0 0 0 0
11/6 @LSU L 24-21 21 97 4.6 13 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
11/13 Mississippi State W 30-10 18 53 2.9 13 0 2 77 38.5 78 1 0 0
11/18 Georgia State W 63-7 12 86 7.2 27 1 1 16 16.0 16 0 0 0
11/26 Auburn L 28-27 10 36 3.6 9 1 4 91 22.8 41 0 0 0
2010 Postseason Game Log Rushing Receiving Fumbles
BOWL OPP RESULT   ATT YDS AVG LNG TD REC YDS AVG LNG TD FUM LST
CAPITAL ONE BOWL @Michigan State W 49-7 12 59 4.9 14 2 1 30 30.0 30 0 0 0

 

Summary: There's no doubt in my mind that Mark Ingram will heavily rely on an above average NFL line to have success. If he is drafted to a team that is below the bar in run blocking, then he struggle early and often. However, if he is drafted to a team like the Redskins, who are trying to get back to having one of the best lines in the NFL, then Ingram could see success in a place like that. He could even compete for rookie of the year honors.

PREDICTION: 1st Round, with a slight possibility of falling to the 2nd Round.

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