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NFL Draft: Player Profile - Cornelius Ingram, TE, Florida
John Tuvey
March 31, 2009
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Cornelius Ingram, TE, FloridaMeasurables:
Combine height: 6-3 5/8
Combine weight: 245 pounds
Combine 40 time: 4.68 seconds

Ingram missed his entire senior season with a torn ACL after recording 34 catches for 508 yards and seven touchdowns as a junior. The early portion of Ingram’s Gator career was spent as a quarterback and on the basketball team before he gave up hoops and transitioned to tight end; he concluded his run at Florida with 64 grabs for 888 yards and eight touchdowns along with two carries for eight yards during his brief tenure as a quarterback.

Skill Set:
Scouts love Ingram’s athleticism; he’s fast for his size and will create matchup problems no matter how teams choose to defend him. His hands are decent, and prior to his knee injury he had decent, but not elite, speed.

Just about everything else, however, is pure potential. Ingram switched from quarterback to tight end in his redshirt freshman season, then missed his senior campaign with the injury; that gives him just over two full years of experience as a tight end. He’s a willing blocker, but not only is he a tad light for a tight end he also spent most of his career as an upright receiver rather than playing in a three-point stance on the line of scrimmage. How recovered is Ingram from the torn ACL, and how much of his pre-injury speed did he retain? There’s no questioning Ingram’s potential, but at present that’s pretty much all it is.

Possible Destinations:
Ingram will have to answer questions about the health of his knee to warrant first-day consideration; if it does happen, it will be late in Round Two to the likes of the Panthers (59), Titans (62), or Cardinals (63). More likely is a second-day selection to a team willing to roll the dice with Ingram’s upside and spend some time developing him as an NFL tight end. The Eagles, Giants, and Colts don’t have an immediate need but would know how to put Ingram to good use should he play up to his potential.

Fantasy Impact:
Ingram reportedly mulled playing for the Gators in the national championship game, so he must be reasonably close to recovered. That said, he’s stepping up in class and hasn’t played football for a year; moreover, his experience as a tight end is limited, suggesting that his role as a rookie may very well be limited as well. It’s difficult to imagine a draft-day scenario that would offer Ingram enough fantasy potential to warrant consideration at your fantasy drauction.

Of course, should Ingram find himself in a situation that capitalizes on his skills he could very well develop into the sort of pass-catching tight end fantasy folks love. Former basketball player, athletic… that recipe worked for the likes of Marcus Pollard, Tony Gonzalez, and Antonio Gates. No one is saying Ingram will be the next Gates, but there are worse investments than a late-round flier in a dynasty league on an athletic tight end with significant upside.

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