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2011 NFL Draft: Mark Ingram Ready to Make an Impact

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This season’s NFL Draft isn’t too top-heavy on skill position talent. Yet it is clear a few players stand out above the rest, and have early-round pedigrees. Alabama running back Mark Ingram is certainly ready to make a quick impact at the pro level. He’s capable of being a featured running back who can certainly help an NFL team very early in his career.

Scott Engel and Adam Ronis of RotoExperts.com interviewed Ingram on draft day, just hours before he will have his name called at Radio City Music Hall. Ingram answered questions about the challenges he will face in the NFL, and the teams that would possibly be interested in him. Many mock drafts had him going to Miami. Also, Ingram claims to be something of a pure original as a player. While others may have modeled themselves after their boyhood idols, Ingram prefers to be his own man as a player.

Perhaps being the son of a former NFL wide receiver has aptly prepared Ingram for life in the pros. He certainly comes off as a steady, mature type in this interview. Talent may be apparent to the most casual observer, but it’s the intangibles that truly set the better prospects apart. If this interview is any indication of what the reality may be, Ingram is set to be a solid pro from the mental perspective as well. 

Surprisingly, Ingram was not chosen by the media in the first round of our Media Mock Draft, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t worthy a being a 1st round pick. As we know, the media does not make the picks.

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Scott Engel joined RotoExperts.com in 2008 after four years at ESPN.com, where he was an Associate Editor and Fantasy Writer. He began his career as a Fantasy professional in 1996 at CBS Sportsline, where he served as Managing Editor of Fantasy Sports and Senior Writer during his tenure. In 2006, Scott was named Fantasy Football Writer of the Year by the Fantasy Sports Writers Association in his first year of eligibility. Since joining RotoExperts, Scott's work has also appeared regularly on NFL.com and Yahoo Sports. Scott hosts the RotoExperts morning drive program on Sirius XM Fantasy Sports Radio. In 2011, Scott was inducted into the Fantasy Sports Writers Association's Hall of Fame as a member of the inaugural class. You may email Scott @ [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @scotteRotoEx