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Scouting the draft: Mark Ingram, Alabama

Posted by Shalise Manza Young, Globe Staff  April 5, 2011 07:30 AM

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A once-a-day look at a draft prospect that either has been targeted for the Patriots in a mock draft, has had a private workout for New England or has made an official visit to Gillette Stadium. In the end, mocks are good for discussion and workouts and interviews could be a smokescreen or a sign of real interest, but these are players who make sense as being on the Pats' radar for the upcoming draft.

Name: Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama

Height, weight: 5-9, 215 pounds

Hometown: Flint, Mich. (Southwestern Academy)

Junior season stats: 11 games (11 starts), 158 carries for 875 yards (5.5 ypc), 13 touchdowns; 21 receptions for 282 yards, touchdown

Career stats: 39 games (24 starts), 572 carries for 3,261 yards (5.7 ypc), 42 TD; 60 receptions, 670 yards, 4 TD

Honors: 2010 - second-team All-SEC; 2009 - Heisman Trophy winner, first-team All-America by several outlets, first-team All-SEC

Combine: 40 dash - 4.62s; bench press - 21 reps; vertical - 31.5in; broad jump - 9-10; 3-cone - 7.13s

Why he's a fit for the Pats: There's not a lot of running back depth in this year's draft, with many believing that Ingram is the only back worthy of a first-round pick. And given that he played for Bill Belichick friend Nick Saban at Bama, many have targeted him as a potential Patriot. Ingram's field vision has been lauded and he's also patient, which are pluses in New England's zone-blocking scheme. Ingram doesn't have breakaway speed, but he's powerful enough to run between the tackles effectively.

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