INDIANAPOLIS _ Melvin Ingram is certainly a hot commodity here at the NFL Combine.
The University of South Carolina defender is being looked at in a variety of ways by a variety of teams. The 4-3 teams, like the Tennessee Titans, see the 6-1, 264-pounder as a rush end, while the 3-4 teams are examining Ingram as a possible outside linebacker who can bring pressure from around the end.
“I feel like I've met with everybody,” Ingram said with a smile.
Titans officials will interview Ingram tonight. They have already spent time with him at the Senior Bowl last month in Mobile, Ala.
He is projected as a potential first-round pick either at defensive end or outside linebacker. Asked which position he would prefer – end or linebacker – and Ingram is OK with either scenario.
“Either one. It really doesn't matter as long as I'm on the football field,” he said.
Ingram has been working out in California with reigning NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Von Miller as they share the same agent in Joby Branion.
Ingram, who had 19 of his 21.5 sacks for the Gamecocks the past two years, was moved around at a variety of positions while at South Carolina. He said that wasn't a detriment, but actually helped him as a defender.
“I feel like playing so many roles helped me because my coach gave me so many opportunities to show my athletic ability in many ways,” Ingram said.