Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama.
Playing the role of Miami Dolphins general manager is 'HenneGivenSunday,' who actually is a Dolphins fan. Here is his rationale for the selection of Ingram:
The Dolphins need a lot of help here and would prefer to trade down, but if that is not possible then the Dolphins would take the best player that fills some need (QB, RB, FS, Speed WR, Interior OL). Interior offensive line is a big need for the Dolphins' as well, but Mike Pouncey is no guarantee to be as good as his brother and a guard at pick No. 15 seems like a stretch. So the Dolphins will go with Ingram because he provides the most value at this place in the draft. Ricky Williams is almost certainly not returning to Miami and Ronnie Brown is an UFA (Although he has said he would like to return to Miami).
If Mark Ingram turns out to be the Emmitt Smith type that some analysts are claiming then the Dolphins could get a great running back for years to come. The worst case scenario is that the Dolphins get a solid starter and future replacement for the often injured Ronnie Brown. Two more things: 1) Don't be surprised is the Dolphins reach for a quarterback, Tony Sparano and Jeff Ireland's jobs could be on the line this year if the Dolphins turn in another mediocre season. Drafting another quarterback could buy them some more time. 2) GM Jeff Ireland is not afraid to go with the unpopular pick and doing what he thinks is best for the team, regardless of what the "experts" think. If the coaching staff loves Pouncey, then they will take Pouncey and face the criticism of passing on a former Heisman winner in Ingram.
My take: To be honest, I'm thrilled to see 'Henne' take Ingram for the Dolphins here. It is a solid pick at a need position for Miami, and it is also good for my options a few picks from now when the New York Giants will be on the clock.
Unless it is an absolute dire necessity like, oh, say Madison Hedgecock is the only running back on your entire team, I am not a fan of taking running backs in the first round. You make exceptions when you find extraordinary talent, of course, but in general you can find running backs later, especially today when everything is running back by committee and teams pass so much anyway.
Ingram off the board here doesn't bother me as Giants general manager. When my turn comes I will happily go elsewhere and grab a running back later on.
-- 'ct17' is now on the clock for Jacksonville.
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