‘Tis the Season
The Alabama running back is widely considered the top running back in the draft and potentially a top-15 pick. Ingram underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on August 31, 2010 and missed two games. It appeared throughout the 2010 season that Ingram was not suffering any ill effects of the August surgery. He was not overly used with Saban spelling him with the talented 2012 prospect, Trent Richardson.
Fast forward to April 2011. Reports have leaked that teams have softened on their affinity for Ingram due to concerns with the knee. The reports came to a head on an April 13th airing of NFL Networks, Path to the Draft. In the episode, Michael Lombardi stated that two teams with RB needs have taken Ingram off their boards. Lombardi is the same guy that reported in late March that Ingram’s knee could cause him to slip in the draft. Lombardi is suggesting that Ingram may have degenerative arthritis. Degenerative arthritis is the same condition linked to Da’Quan Bowers fall in the draft.
As I have stated in previous articles, take this information with a grain of salt and realize every team is running their misinformation campaigns. Whether Mark Ingram has a knee injury or not, he will likely still be selected in the first round of the draft.