Throughout the previous few months we have heard the New York Jets were high on South Carolina outside linebacker Melvin Ingram. In recent days, talk of that interest has only intensified. Today, Evan Silva from Rotoworld and NBC Sports had this to say on the Jets and Ingram -
“Word at South Carolina Pro Day last month was Jaguars don’t want Melvin Ingram, just posturing. Jets though are smitten with Ingram. Might move up. Rex Ryan apparently sees Adalius Thomas like qualities in Ingram…versatile pass rusher who can drop and cover.”
It should come as no surprise that Ryan is in love with a player who could line up at outside linebacker, inside linebacker, defensive end and even defensive tacke. With the realization that Courtney Upshaw may not be the explosive pass rusher the team needs, the Jets should seriously consider making an aggressive move to get Ingram.
The Jets will need to move up into the top ten to take Ingram. If Jacksonville (with pick #7) truly isn’t interested, they could target swapping picks with Carolina who holds the number 9 spot. Miami won’t do business with them at #8 and they are likely taking quarterback Ryan Tannehill anyway. If the Jets want to play it very safe, they could look to swap with St. Louis at #6 who is reportedly looking to move back and acquire more picks.
What will it cost the Jets to move up? It is hard to say because the old draft value board isn’t as reliable anymore with the changes to the rookie wage scale. However, DraftTek has put together this value board for this year which shows to move from #16 to #9, the Jets would either have to trade their second round pick and get a fourth rounder back or trade a third rounder this year and next year, approximately.
Is the price worth it? If Ingram turns out to be a game changer who can play four different positions on Rex Ryan’s defense, I’d say so. Last season he racked up ten sacks, two interceptions, fifteen tackles for a loss and three touchdowns, including one on a 68 yard fake punt.