EAGAN, Minn. – The Vikings drafted LSU guard Ed Ingram in the second round (with the 59th overall pick) of the 2022 NFL Draft last Friday.
Here are five things to know about Ingram:
1. Already bleeds Purple and Gold
Ingram became quite a fan of Purple and Gold while at LSU.
Three weeks before he was drafted by Minnesota, he tweeted "Forever bleed purple & gold…"
Following his selection by the Vikings, Ingram tweeted:
Ingram is one of four former LSU players now on the Vikings roster, joining Patrick Peterson, Danielle Hunter and Justin Jefferson.
Peterson and Hunter were long gone by the time Ingram enrolled, but Jefferson and Ingram were teammates for the 2019 Tigers squad that won the CFP National Championship.
2. Pass-blocking pro
You may have noticed in the second tweet above that it referenced the 82.6 pass blocking grade that analytics site Pro Football Focus issued for Ingram and that it led all SEC guards.
According to PFF, Ingram played 806 offensive snaps, including 484 pass-blocking plays. He was assessed with allowing two sacks while in pass protection last season.
In addition to evaluating those pass plays, PFF also graded Ingram on 322 run-blocking plays and issued an overall grade of 73.0. Ingram was chosen as a Second-Team All-SEC selection last season in 12 starts at left guard.
Ingram appeared in 45 total games with 23 starts at left guard and 12 at right guard for LSU from 2017-21. After starting 12 of 13 games as a freshman, he missed all of 2018 during an investigation (charges were dropped). He returned to the program in 2019 and started two of 11 games before returning to the starting lineup fulltime in 2020.
3. Senior Bowl worked out
Ingram was one of more than 100 prospects invited to the 2022 Reese's Senior Bowl. He practiced and played for the American Team while in Mobile, Alabama.
Ingram wound up winning an award for the American Team's best offensive lineman of the week, based on his performance in practices. Defensive linemen that he practiced against cast the ballots in his favor.
Reps included some work against Georgia defensive lineman Devonte Wyatt, who was selected by Green Bay with the 28th overall pick.
4. Studied Sports Administration
Ingram earned his degree in sports administration in May 2021 and opted to return to campus to play another season last fall.
View photos of G Ed Ingram who was selected No. 59 overall in the second round of the 2022 NFL Draft.
5. Title in Texas, too
Ingram played high school football for DeSoto (near Dallas, Texas) and helped the 2016 squad win the 6A-Division II State Championship with a 16-0 record.
He received an invitation to the 2017 Under Armour All-America Game for top prep prospects.
DeSoto is about 10 minutes from Cedar Hill, Texas, where Vikings first-round draft pick Lewis Cine lived during his senior season of high school.