2012 NFL Mock Draft Links Seattle Seahawks to Melvin Ingram: A Fan’s Take

The first big 2012 NFL mock drafts are out and among them is Mel Kiper's annual projections for ESPN. In the first version of his mock draft, Kiper has the Seattle Seahawks targeting South Carolina defensive end Melvin Ingram with the No. 12 overall selection. It works with the assumption that Seattle will lose the coin toss with the Kansas City Chiefs for the No. 11 pick and slide into the No. 12 slot with defensive improvements on the mind.

Ingram had a pretty good season for South Carolina, putting up 48 total tackles, 2 interceptions and 10 sacks during his senior season. He is 22 years old now and will turn 23 before the beginning of the 2012 season though. Ingram is currently listed as 6-2, 276 pounds, but those numbers could change a bit during the NFL Scouting Combine this February.

Ingram is someone who is quickly moving up draft boards because of how well he performed at the end of the regular season, but it also shows how many players on the defensive line are available in the 2012 NFL Draft. A few of the most highly touted include Quinton Coples of North Carolina, Devon Still of Penn State, Fletcher Cox of Mississippi State and Michael Brokers of LSU. Andre Branch from Clemson has also attracted some attention, but his buzz has slipped just a tad in recent weeks as many are projecting he will become a NFL linebacker.

As the draft starts to get a little closer, it is becoming more obvious that the offensive players are going to attract the most attention. In fact, the first five players that Kiper claims will come off the board are all offensive players, with the first defensive player going to the Washington Redskins at No. 6 (LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne). With the large class of lineman available in this draft, it is likely that many teams will look hard at what takes place in the NFL Combine to make final decisions about who to pursue.

It is also assumed that some trades are coming in the first 10 picks and that a team may work hard to try to pry away the No. 2 pick from the St. Louis Rams in order to draft Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin Jr. That would shake up everything else after the selection.

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*Ryan Christopher DeVault is a lifelong fan of the Seattle Seahawks that continues to hold out hope that the team is heading in the right direction with a new coach, a weak NFC West, and some great young players on defense.

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Updated Sunday, Jan 22, 2012