Thursday, March 26, 2009

Prospect of the Day: TE Cornelius Ingraham

by: Chris Sullivan

Say whaaat? The Seahawks solved the Tight End crisis last year! Yeah, I know. Still, it's being reported that the Seahawks are bringing in the 6'4" 246 pounder for an individual workout next week. 

Ingram was a standout receiving Tight End for the Gators in 2007 and had a decent year in 2006. He also slid over and played Wide Receiver from time to time. Despite his size, Ingram ran a 4.5 40-yard dash at his Pro-Day in Florida on March 19 (NFL Draft Scout has his 40 time at 4.69). Compare that to teammate Percy Harvin at 4.41 seconds and, well, not too shabby.  John Carlson ran a 4.88 at the Combine and a 4.72 at his pro-day. 

Ingram was projected to be one of the top Tight Ends coming out in this draft after he declined declaring for the loaded tight end draft class last year. Unfortunately for him, he tore his ACL before the season started and saw no action and likely decimated his draft status. The injury flag flies high on him of course, but after running fluidly and catching well in his receiving drills, it's likely that he's moving up the draft charts a bit. The Hawks don't have a need at Tight End for anything but depth with Johns Carlson and Owen taking care of receiving and blocking, respectively. Still, I like that we're keeping our eyes on someone like Ingram who has good size, decent-to-good speed, and big play ability. He's currently projected in the 3rd - 4th round, but if he slips to the 5th I think the Seahawks might take a chance on him.