KNOXVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 29: Melvin Ingram #6 of the South Carolina Gamecocks celebrates during the game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium on October 29, 2011 in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
With the 18th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the San Diego Chargers have selected Melvin Ingram, a linebacker/defensive end from the South Carolina Gamecocks. Many had thought the Seattle Seahawks would take Ingram if available to them at the 12th pick.
Sports Illustrated's prospect scouting database provides a succinct analysis on Ingram as a prospect:
Ingram was highly regarded by NFL scouts entering the season and elevated almost every aspect of his game as a senior. He's a playmaking defensive front seven prospect who can be used at several positions and has the ability to create a lot of problems for opponents. Ingram needs to play hard on every down, but should be an immediate starter at the next level. He moves toward the draft with a lot of momentum.
The Chargers' next pick is in the second round, No. 49 overall.
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