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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