Aug 9, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers linebacker Melvin Ingram (54) during the third quarter against the Green Bay Packers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Should Melvin Ingram be Moved to Inside Linebacker?

Dec 23, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Greg McElroy (14) runs away from San Diego Chargers linebacker Melvin Ingram (54) during the first half at Metlife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports


There is no doubt that Melvin Ingram is extremely athletic.  I still stand by the elation that I felt when he was selected. 

Although an argument can be made that David DeCastro should have been selected at that spot during the 2012 draft, I still like what Ingram has to offer to this team. 

Ingram seems to be the leader in “almost plays.”  That being recognized, perhaps moving him inside would enable him to make plays while facing interior offensive lineman as opposed to the bigger tackles of the NFL.

Knowing that this is only Ingram’s rookie year, it may be a bit premature to even begin to question a position switch.  But I must admit that this is something that the new regime could possibly take a look at doing.

Ingram played all over the defense in college at South Carolina.  He played primarily on the defensive line but moved all over the field pre-snap.

There is even a small group of fans that would like Ingram to consider cutting about 10 pounds to give him that extra burst which could allow him to finish plays while rushing the quarterback.

Again, this is only one storyline among many for the long offseason ahead of us.  Long being the operative word in that statement. 

Thanks a lot for reading.





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  • JoseSD

    That is his problem. He doesn’t finish. He could have at least 7 sacks if he didn’t over pursue or wrap up the QB better. So many times QBs stepped up in the pocket or side stepped a sack or simply just slipped away from his grip

  • 619chargers4life

    its all good its a lil soon to just switch him up on something he has been working on all year. we seen great flashes in preseason when he got more time on the field. i think next season he will break out with more playing time. SP and JJ are at that age where injuries come. i think with this whole off season, he is going to do what he needs to do to make an impact next season . i feel Reyes is going to do the same. we all seen how Corey broke out of his lil man cage this season. i would expect the same from Ingram and more from Reyes next season. im sure Ingram is a lil disappointed in his stats for this year and is going to do what he needs to do to make a true impact next season. thats just me and my positive thinking . i really do hope he comes out on fire next season. #GoSuperMelvin GO!!! and GoBolts

  • arnie

    BoogaP, i think Ingram just needs more snaps. he’s young and he got to perfect his craft. they drafted him to be a pass rusher. let him do it. but if he’s splitting time with Phillips, Johnson, Barnes and English, it’s hard to get into a rhythm.

  • BoltUpBaby♡

    He’s young, ambitious and has shown versatility as a college player. Early scouting reports even indicated he had potential at various position, ILB being one of them. I’m a Team Melvin no matter what position he starts at!

  • jonpviv

    just needs some more seasoning. I still think he can lead the league in sacks, but that will never happen at ILB.