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21. Mark Ingram

At the University of Alabama, Mark Ingram was a superstar.  The Crimson Tide Running Back captured the coveted Heisman Trophy in 2009, and his school won the National Championship.  He did this as a sophomore, and while he regressed due to knee issues as a Junior, Ingram was still expected to be a high pick, which he was, when the Saints took him 28thOverall in 2011.

 

While it could be argued that Mark Ingram was a disappointment on the NFL level, it is because he came in with the Heisman pedigree, and a look at his actual production shows a very good NFL Running Back.  Ingram did not see a lot of touches in his first three seasons, and his peak in that period was 631 Yards from Scrimmage in the 2012 campaign.  This wasn’t bad, but he had a lot more to offer.

In 2014, Ingram rushed for 964 Yards, and he was used as a receiving option more, which allowed him to have 1,109 Yards from Scrimmage.  Ingram was named to the Pro Bowl, and over the next three seasons, he exceeded 1,100 YFS, with the latter two seasons (2016 & 2017) seeing the Running Back go over 1,000 Rushing Yards.  Ingram again went to the Pro Bowl in 2017.

With the arrival of Alvin Kamara, Ingram saw fewer touches in 2018, and he left the team as a Free Agent in 2019 to sign with the Baltimore Ravens. With the Saints, Ingram tallied 7,605 Yards with 55 Touchdowns.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Running Back
  • Acquired: Selected in the 1st Round, 28th Overall in the NFL Draft 4/28/11.
  • Departed: Signed with the Baltimore Ravens as a Free Agent 3/13/19.
  • Games Played: 106
  • Notable Statistics:

    64 Games Started
    1,321 Rushing Attempts
    6,007 Rushing Yards
    50 Rushing Touchdowns
    228 Receptions
    1,598 Receiving Yards
    5 Receiving Touchdowns
    58 Approximate Value

  • Played For: New Orleans Saints
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Pro Bowl (2014 & 2017)

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