Friday, February 18, 2011
Ingram drawing comparisons to Emmitt
By Ohm Youngmisuk
Alabama running back Mark Ingram has been drawing high praise and even comparisons to Emmitt Smith.
Most expect Ingram to be gone by 19 when the Giants pick. But my man Matt Mosley, ESPN NFL East blogger, believes Giants general manager Jerry Reese would make Ingram a Giant just like his father, Mark Sr., if the running back is available at 19.
"No one's really talking about running back in this draft, but keep a close eye on New York Giants GM Jerry Reese," Mosley writes. "I don't think Ingram will be available at No. 19, but if he is, I believe the Giants would pounce. They drafted Ingram's father, Mark Sr., in the first round in 1987 and he helped Bill Parcells win another Super Bowl."
While Ingram might not make it past the Dolphins at 15, the Giants might have to think hard about Ingram if he were to slip to 19. Ahmad Bradshaw's contract will expire and Bradshaw has already said that he has been told by the team that he is a priority this offseason. But with a potential lockout possibly delaying and affecting free agency, the Giants could cover themselves by drafting a running back.
Also, if the Giants were to draft a running back high in the draft, how would that impact Brandon Jacobs' future with the team? Jacobs is due to make $4.65 million in 2011 and $4.9 million in 2012. The Giants will have to pay Bradshaw, who also wondered if the Giants will be able to afford both running backs.
"I don't think they'll be able to finance both of us financially," Bradshaw admitted while talking to reporters during Super Bowl week. "But you just never know. It may be possible. There's even talk they might keep both of us. You just never know."
"Brandon and I, we're brothers," Bradshaw added. "We love to play together. We feel we're a great duo together. It's just the nature of the business. You just never know what's going to happen with things."