Florida TE Cornelius Ingram
He missed the entire 2008 season with a knee injury, but Florida TE Cornelius Ingram is still one of the more intriguing tight end prospects available in the 2009 NFL Draft. Teams looking for an athletic tight end that can stretch the middle will have their eyes on Ingram who oozes athleticism. He participated at the Combine and may have pushed himself into the second round with his performance...
"I think I have a lot to prove after missing the entire season," Ingram told the media in attendance before his workout. "There are a lot of pretty good tight ends in this draft and they have a full season worth of film. I have a lot to
prove. I know that.
"The NFL scouts and coaches know that. It's really not a whole lot of pressure because I feel really confident in myself that my knee is healthy."
As a senior at Hawthorne High School in Florida, Ingram was a decorated quarterback prospect, however because of his ideal tight end size and athleticism and the presence of Tim Tebow at the helm of the Gators' attack, he made the move, but he admitted he misses running the show.
"I think about it a lot because I think I cam still throw the football pretty good, but I'm not
mad or upset with anybody because it was my decision at the end of the day to make the swap," Ingram recalled. "I became pretty successful at the tight end position. I can't lie and say I never think about though."
Because Florida head coach Urban Meyer runs a spread offense, relying on mis-direction and motion to get players into advantageous positions, Ingram didn't play a "conventional" tight end position while in Gainesville, but he said not to worry, he knows how to play that role as well.
"Being in a spread offense, not being attached to a tackle in our offense, a lot of people might
have questions or doubts that about my blocking," Ingram said. "I'm pretty sure they can see some of the film. We really didn't do it a whole lot, but I know I can. I've shown it in some games -- catching the ball, running routes. That's second nature."
Ingram posted a solid 4.68 forty time and a 33-inch vertical while measuring in at 6-4, 245 pounds.
Because he missed the 2008 season, scouts are going to be very interested in his workout at Florida's pro day on March 18th. However, Ingram is a player that is very intriguing because he has soft hands, he runs good routes and he has the speed and athleticism to be able to stretch the middle seam.
Obviously, blocking will be the biggest question-mark after they get past his knee, but according to many he's a willing blocker with the strength and mentality necessary to be good in that area in the near future.