Mark Ingram’s status as the top running back available in the 2011 NFL Draft isn’t in danger. Despite a slower 40-yard dash time at the combine than he might have hoped, it’s Ingram’s production at Alabama that makes the former Heisman Trophy winner a likely first-round pick.
Ingram improved on his 40 time Wednesday — he ran in the 4.55 range after running 4.62 at the combine. Our draft man Mike Mayock was on hand to watch the workout, and the improved 40 time didn’t change his impression of Ingram.
“At the end of the day, throw that time out the window, because it really doesn’t matter anyways,” Mayock said. “The way I look (Ingram), I have two words to describe him: powerful and explosive. He’s a first-round running back if there is one in this draft.”
It’s no secret Ingram doesn’t possess game-breaking, straight-line speed. But his 10-yard split — more indicative of his burst and explosiveness — was unoffically 1.53 at the Combine, best among running backs and most impressive to scouts.
A popular destination in many mock drafts for Ingram, who is Mayock’s top-rated back, is at No. 15 to the Dolphins. A look at recent mocks from both Charles Davis (here) and Pat Kirwan (here) have Ingram landing in Miami.