Okay, let's settle this first. Did we give up too much for Ingram? Let’s be specific about what we...
Okay, let's settle this first.
Did we give up too much for Ingram? Let’s be specific about what we actually gave up.
New England got our 2012 first-rounder. But we got their 2011 first-rounder. Even swap. In effect, we simply used our 2012 pick a year early. So far, we’ve given up nothing.
So what was the "service charge" on the deal? We sent New England a second-rounder. Yeah, that could have been used to draft another good player…like, say, Martez Wilson, who we got in the third anyway.
Could Ingram be a bust? I don’t see it happening. He could wind up getting so severely injured that his entire career is derailed and we get no value from him…but that could happen to anyone. And I don’t buy into the alarm about his knee injury—all that incident tells me is that he’s a quick healer.
So no, I don’t think we gave up too much. In the context of the entire draft, we made out like bandits. Besides, Ingram’s upside is shaped like a Lombardi trophy, and I’d give anything short of my soul for another of those.