INDIANAPOLIS — Mark Ingram arrived at the NFL Scouting Combine hoping to silence questions about the knee injury he suffered last season at Alabama.
Ingram took a step in that direction Sunday by participating in the 40-yard dash, but the marquee running back in this year’s draft class isn’t its quickest, finishing well out of the top 5 at 4.62 seconds.
The 5-foot-9 Ingram, who rushed for 1,658 yards and 17 touchdowns while winning the Heisman Trophy in 2009, told reporters Friday that he has shed about 10 pounds — weighing in at 215 — and said he feels “more explosive” at the lighter weight.
“Ingram’s probably disappointed in his 40 time because he lost the weight to enhance his 40,” NFL.com’s Steve Wyche said. “But he’s not a blazer, he’s not expected to be the next Chris Johnson. That’s why the comparisons, at least physically and speed-wise, to Emmitt Smith are pretty accurate.”
The best 40 of the day went to Da’rel Scott at 4.34 seconds. Scott was Maryland’s second-leading rusher in 2010 behind Davin Meggett with 708 rushing yards. Scott is considered a burner but injury-prone.
This year’s running back class hasn’t generated a ton of enthusiasm, at least not like 2008, when Chris Johnson, Rashard Mendenhall, Jonathan Stewart, Darren McFadden, Felix Jones, Ray Rice and Matt Forte were coming up.
Here’s the top finishers in the 40:
1. Scott: 4.34
2. Mario Fannin, Auburn: 4.38
3t. Derrick Locke, Kentucky: 4.40
3t. Jordan Todman, Connecticut: 4.40
5. DeMarco Murray, Oklahoma: 4.41
— Marc Sessler