Alabama RB Mark Ingram is considered to be the best running back in the 2011 draft class but despite the support from talent evaluators, Ingram’s draft stock could be falling due to a limited amount of needs at the running back position.
As NFL.com’s Steve Wyche points out, there aren’t that many teams that are in need of a running back. Wyche’s mentions Miami, Washington, and Seattle as being the teams that would have the biggest need at running back.
I would agree that the Dolphins and Redskins need a running back but the Seahawks have Marshawn Lynch and recently re-signed Leon Washington to a three-year deal which would suggest that they’re not likely to be targeting a running back in the draft, especially in the first-round.
New England, Indianapolis, and Cincinnati are some other teams that are in need of a running back but the Colts and Bengals will have decisions to make regarding Joseph Addai and Cedric Benson. Considering that the Patriots have two first-round picks, I could see them taking Ingram especially if he falls all the way to No. 27.
There could be some great values in the middle rounds of the draft if teams are addressing other positions like offensive and defensive linemen.