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SC pro day report

Posted by Chris Brown on March 28, 2012 – 2:28 pm

The South Carolina pro day was the highlight on the college pro day schedule Wednesday. With names like Melvin Ingram, Alshon Jeffery and Stephon Gilmore most of the league was in attendance.’s draft analyst Tony Pauline filed this report on the Gamecocks pro day with Ingram serving as a big headliner after another eye-popping performance not unlike his work at the NFL Combine last month.

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So. Carolina WR Jeffery pro day

Posted by Chris Brown on March 28, 2012 – 10:12 am

Several NFL prospects at South Carolina are being put through the paces at the Gamecocks pro day in Columbia including WR Alshon Jeffery, who did not work out at the NFL Combine.

DL Melvin Ingram and CB Stephon Gilmore along with Jeffery are among those headlining the prospects participating. Here’s an update on Jeffery.

Gamecock Football ‏Alshon Jeffery weighed in at 213 lbs. Vert jump 36.5 and 10-2 broad jump at #ProDaySC #Gamecocks

No 40 time yet on Jeffery, but we’ll pass it along when it’s available. Jeffery lost three pounds having weighed 216 at the NFL Combine last month.

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Nix on DE and CB depth in draft

Posted by Chris Brown on March 2, 2012 – 2:57 pm

Bills GM Buddy Nix believes there’s depth at the defensive end position in the draft, he’s just not so sure it’s there at the top of the board.

Appearing on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550, Nix addressed the depth of both the defensive end and cornerback positions in this year’s draft pool.

“I think corners are really deep in this draft,” said Nix. “I think there will be some worthy of the 10th pick and some in the mid-rounds. Defensive end for us you question, you get a little nervous with the 10th pick, but in the mid-rounds it’s as deep as I’ve seen it. So from the second round on there will be some guys that can come in and help you quick.”

When asked what made him nervous with defensive end possibilities at 10, Nix offered the following.

“There’s just some things that you overanalyze probably and worry about like height and arm length and the bottom line is you’ve got to make yourself come back to production and if he’s always done it there’s a good chance he’ll do it again,” said Nix.

South Carolina’s Melvin Ingram and Alabama’s Courtney Upshaw have been frequent mentions in that range of the draft by some so called experts, but both are on the shorter side with both around 6’1″. Nix did mention that he felt Ingram and Memphis’ Dontari Poe had two of the better workouts at the Combine last week.

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DL Branch, Ingram post good 40s

Posted by Chris Brown on February 27, 2012 – 11:07 am

The entire group of DL prospects have yet to run, but some of the better 40 times have been turned in by Clemson pass rusher Andre Branch and South Carolina pass rusher Melvin Ingram.

Branch clocked an unofficial 4.62, Ingram a 4.66. North Carolina’s Quinton Coples had a 4.72.

The top (unofficial) 40 time was turned in by West Virginia pass rusher Bruce Irvin with a stunning 4.43. Irvin is projected by most as an outside linebacker in a 3-4.

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Melvin Ingram a point guard?

Posted by Chris Brown on February 25, 2012 – 12:45 pm

South Carolina DL/OLB Melvin Ingram was a versatile player for the Gamecocks playing several positions on both sides of the ball. Little did anyone know he was a high school point guard for his basketball team.

“I was a scorer,” said Ingram when asked if he was a pass first point guard.

Ingram was also 225 pounds at the time, so I’ve got visions of that wide body driving the lane and teenage kids getting out of the way. Ingram brings a versatile skill set to the table. He’s played nose tackle, three-technique DT, defensive end, OLB and ILB in his college career.

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Ingram to leapfrog Upshaw?

Posted by Chris Brown on February 10, 2012 – 2:05 pm

South Carolina DL/OLB Melvin Ingram is getting more buzz a couple of weeks out from the NFL Combine. It’s because there are rumblings that his 40 time is going to push him up draft boards even further.

Already considered a lock to be a mid-first round pick, Ingram could leapfrog the likes of Alabama’s Courtney Upshaw when it comes to the top pass rushers as he has every bit the power to his game as Upshaw and might offer more speed and athleticism. According to DraftInsiders those close to Ingram and the South Carolina program are expecting Ingram to run in the 4.6s.

That would be pretty impressive for a 6’2″ 276-pounder. If he pulls it off and has a solid workout otherwise some believe he could vault himself into the top 10. Buffalo picks 10th overall.

We’ll have full coverage of the NFL Combine from Indy on later this month.

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Latest mock has new pass rusher

Posted by Chris Brown on February 6, 2012 – 11:05 am

The lion’s share of the mock drafts thus far have the Bills taking Alabama DL/OLB Courtney Upshaw, but what if he’s off the board already? That’s what the latest Rotoworld draft has unfolding leaving the Bills with an interesting choice to make at 10th overall.

Rotoworld’s Evan Silva has Upshaw going to the Dolphins at ninth overall, a very realistic pick for Miami. So who do the Bills go with one pick later? South Carolina do-it-all defender Melvin Ingram. Here’s their commentary on the mock pick.

10. Bills — South Carolina defensive end Melvin Ingram
The Bills are implementing a base 4-3 up front, but plan to be “multiple” on defense in an effort to keep offenses off balance. With versatility as his calling card, Ingram is what the doctor ordered. Ingram was productive as a 4-3 defensive tackle, 4-3 end, and 3-4 outside ‘backer in the SEC, wreaking havoc with power, explosiveness, and closing speed that jumps off the page. Buffalo finished 30th in the league in sacks in 2011, and Ingram has a knack for quarterback disruption.

Used mainly as a pass rusher by the Gamecocks, Ingram logged 17 1/2 sacks his last two collegiate seasons.

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McShay goes pass rusher for Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on February 3, 2012 – 11:57 am

ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay has put out his latest mock and his pick for the Bills is similar to that of a lot of other draftniks.

McShay has Buffalo taking Alabama DL/OLB Courtney Upshaw. In Buffalo’s new 4-3 defense he’d likely be an end.

What’s interesting are some of the prospects McShay has going ahead of Upshaw at 10. He’s got Iowa OT Riley Reiff going third to Minnesota and doesn’t have Oklahoma St. WR Justin Blackmon coming off the board until the sixth spot (Washington). He’s also got South Carolina’s DE/OLB Melvin Ingram, who I like just as much as Upshaw, going ninth to Miami.

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