METAIRIE, La. (AP) - The New Orleans Saints selected Alabama
running back Mark Ingram with the 28th pick in the first round of
the NFL draft after a trade with the New England Patriots.
To addressed a major need, the Saints gave up their first-round
pick in the 2012 draft and their second-round pick this year to
take Ingram. He rushed for 1,658 yards in 2009 and won the Heisman
Ingram, son of former NFL standout Mark Ingram Sr, did not match
those numbers last season. He injured his left knee in preseason
practice, underwent arthroscopic surgery and missed the first two
games. He finished with 875 yards on 158 carries.
The Saints finished 28th in the NFL in rushing last year,
averaging just 94.9 yards.
New Orleans took California defensive end Cameron Jordan with
the 24th pick.
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