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ORIGINAL: Phil Riewer
ORIGINAL: Mark Anderson
FWIW, Louis Riddick brags up Ed Ingram.
Who is Louis Riddick?
You inspired me to look up what he had to say. Booger liked Ingram also. Mel not so much.
LSU football guard Ed Ingram was selected by the Minnesota Vikings with the 59th overall selection in the second round of the 2022 NFL Draft on Friday night.
But after Ingram was selected, there was a disagreement on ESPN's broadcast as to his potential outlook as a player in the NFL.
Former LSU defensive tackle Booger McFarland and Louis Riddick sprung praise on the four-year starter, both believing that his athleticism and fundamentals could translate into a productive career in the NFL.
"You're talking about a guy who's over 300 pounds runs a five-flat (40-yard dash) and is an athlete. He shows it on tape. Just watch him move," McFarland said. "He is a people mover. The hardest thing to do is move a man against his will."
"The truth of the matter for me with Ed Ingram, I had a hard time finding bad plays from him," Riddick said. "We're going to look at Ed Ingram as one of the better offensive linemen to come out of this draft."
But Mel Kiper Jr., ESPN's top draft analyst, disagreed. He pointed toward his inconsistent mechanics and balance as a blocker as points of concern.
"I'm not as high or as sold on Ed Ingram as a future Pro Bowler," Kiper said. "I think he can be a solid starter. But he's got to be, I think, coached up from an offensive line standpoint by that coaching staff and get those fundamentals to stay consistent."
The debate then continued with Riddick directly disagreeing with Kiper's comments about Ingram's fundamentals.
"I thought fundamentals quite honestly was the strongest part of his game," Riddick said. "I thought his body posture, as far as not getting over his toes, punch timing, recovery quickness, ability to locate on the run, playing with physicality, finishing with nastiness. I was sitting there going plus, plus, plus."
So Kiper sees him as a solid starter, the other guys see him as a pro-bowler.
As I see it, we now have some depth, which makes everyone better. Competition in camp is good for the team, and something that has been missing up front on offense for quite some time. If Ingram comes in and is good, it pushes the other guys to be better if they want to stay a starter.
I would be interested to see where Ingram would have gone had he not had the off-field problems.
< Message edited by Brad H -- 5/3/2022 6:42:54 AM >
Defense starts at the corners!