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Pro Bowl predictions: The Melvin Ingram edition

Oct 4, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers outside linebacker Melvin Ingram (54) reacts after the game against the Cleveland Browns at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 4, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers outside linebacker Melvin Ingram (54) reacts after the game against the Cleveland Browns at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
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The San Diego Chargers have a lot of good talent that looked good last year, and those guys will definitely be looking to have an even better year in 2016.

I will be making Pro Bowl predictions based on Chargers specifically, one player at a time for the next couple weeks. Keep an eye out for your favorite Bolt to be featured here.

The first Charger I have on my list is Melvin Ingram. After running into Melvin himself this past weekend, I started thinking… “Why haven’t I made an article on this guy yet and he’s one of my favorite Chargers”. Well here it is,  bold and totally doable predictions.

Melvin entered the league in 2012, and flashed lots of potential and was known to get to the quarterback in college as a Gamecock from the University of South Carolina. Unfortunately for Melvin, his first two seasons were injury-riddled and he still showed loads of potential before the injuries. The past two seasons on the other hand were a big turn around for the guy, which is an awesome sight so see. He was able to snag 10.5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles and 65 total tackles last season alone.

2016 will be a year where he is most likely looking to do better than those numbers, and compete for a spot in the Pro Bowl. With a redesigned defensive line, Melvin should be able to make more plays happen. I can see him getting 16 sacks this year, and that should be good enough for a Pro Bowl selection. He is the Chargers version of Von Miller and Justin Houston. Can he perform at their level? It’s a big possibility, health and team chemistry is a huge part of the equation.

Melvin will be a huge part of the defense this year, his energy and excitement that he brings to every game will be a big motivation booster and getting to the QB will be that much easier with that type of a mindset. Here are my stat projections for Melvin this year:

75 Tackles14.5 Sacks1 interception2 Forced Fumbles1 Fumble Recovery

Those stats look worthy of a Pro Bowl spot, and Melvin is just the guy to do it. 2016 will be a big year for Super Mel, so keep an eye out for #54. Keep doing your thing Mel, let’s see some quarterbacks fall over!

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