2012 NFL Mock Draft: Melvin Ingram Improves Jets Pass Rush

With the 16th pick in SB Nation's 2012 NFL mock draft, the New York Jets select South Carolina DE Melvin Ingram.

Rex Ryan has a new toy on defense. Ingram at the 16th pick is a solid value as many people have him going in the top 10. The Jets are in the AFC East, with Tom Brady and the Patriots, so rushing the passer is of utmost importance.

SB Nation's Gang Green Nation explains the pick:

Even though Rex Ryan is known for his love of getting after quarterbacks, the Jets have not made getting pass rushers a priority during his tenure. They have opted for developmental players (Jamaal Westerman), cheap veteran signings (Jason Taylor), and scrap heap pickups (Aaron Maybin). Rumors are swirling that Ryan wants to change that and add a difference maker at outside linebacker and loves Ingram. It makes sense. He loves to move his pass rushers all over, and Ingram lined up at linebacker, defensive end, and defensive tackle at South Carolina.

For more analysis of the pick, visit Mocking The Draft. SB Nation's Bengals blog, Cincy Jungle, is on the clock with the 17th pick.

Melvin Ingram 2012 NFL Draft Profile (via sbnnfl)

For more on the Jets, visit Gang Green Nation and SB Nation New York. And click here to follow along the rest of SB Nation's NFL mock draft.

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