Ingram: 'Complete, all-around back'

INDIANAPOLIS -- Most draft analysts have Alabama running back and 2009 Heisman-trophy winner Mark Ingram as the top-rated rusher in this year's class.

With three veterans at the position set to be free agents, the Patriots could be in the market for youth at the position. Ingram is one option.

"I'm a complete, all-around back," Ingram said. "I can be in the game [on] first-down, second-down, third-down, goal-line, short-yardage, pick up pass protections, go out of the backfield and catch the ball, things like that."

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick maintains close ties with Alabama head coach Nick Saban, a connection that in the 2010 draft yielded defensive lineman Brandon Deaderick in the seventh round for the Patriots.

"I know him and Coach Saban are real close," Ingram said. "I heard they are kind of similar in their coaching styles and how they run things."

Ingram said that he has yet to be interviewed by the Patriots. One concern of teams probing Ingram at this week's Combine will be a knee injury that caused him to miss the first two games of last season.

"It feels great, or else I wouldn't be out here, about to run and workout and do all that. I'm ready to do it," Ingram said. "I feel great. I feel healthier than I've been in a long time, so I'm excited about that."