Tamba Hali was a celebrated defensive star from Penn State when he was taken in the first round in the 2006 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs. While they hoped he would add to their pass rush, they had no way of knowing that he would eventually develop into one of the best in the NFL. Chad Reuter says the Chiefs could similarly strike gold in the 2012 NFL Draft if they take Melvin Ingram in the No. 11 spot, which is what he has in his latest mock draft.
Reuter writes, “In some ways, Ingram is a carbon copy of Chiefs star pass rusher Tamba Hali. Both are versatile defenders and lack the length most teams prefer in first-round picks. Ingram’s 31 1/2-inch arms are actually longer than the 30 3/8-inch figure Hali was saddled with coming out of Penn State. But that measurement hasn’t hurt Hali’s production in the NFL (53.5 career sacks) and isn’t expected to hurt Ingram’s.”
Ingram’s versatility is a big plus for this draft, and it’s a trait that Scott Pioli loves about his linemen. Romeo Crennel could work Ingram into various defensive schemes to utilize him alongside Justin Houston and Hali to bolster the Chiefs’ pass rush. That would make a strong defense even stronger for a team that could use some help getting at Peyton Manning now that he’s with the Broncos.