Saturday, February 25, 2012
Will Chargers find their own Von Miller?
By Bill Williamson
INDIANAPOLIS -- Melvin Ingram said he is trying to follow in Von Miller’s footsteps.
Perhaps it will lead him to the same division.
The South Carolina pass-rusher will likely be one of the players the San Diego Chargers seriously consider taking with the No. 18 pick in the NFL draft. The All-American appears to be a perfect fit for the Chargers.
Even though Ingram said he is comfortable as a 4-3 defensive end or a 3-4 outside linebacker, all indications are that he may be best geared for the 3-4. He has been concentrating on linebacker and he has shed 12 pounds since the Senior Bowl. Ingram is 6-foot-2, 264 pounds. There shouldn’t be any athleticism questions about Ingram. He was a 225-pound point guard on his high school basketball team.
Ingram has been working out with Miller, the No. 2 overall pick by Denver last year and the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year. Like Ingram, Miller was a player who made the transition to a 3-4 outside linebacker in the NFL.
Ingram said Miller has been helping him make the transition and has been a strong mentor to him.
Like Miller, Ingram appears to have solid character off the field. He answered each question with “yes, sir” and even though he is expected to be going in the first round, Ingram said he feels like he must earn his way onto an NFL roster.