The Giants have drafted a player named Mark Ingram in the first round before. Will they do it again?
Maybe. If the Alabama running back and son of Super Bowl champion is available for them with the 19th pick, it will be awfully tempting to grab him, especially considering the uncertainty that they face with Ahmad Bradshaw and his free agency. Ingram said he’d be all for playing for the same team as his father.
“It would be great,” he said at a pre-draft event at a Subway restaurant in Manhattan on Thursday. “It’s just a big theater and the Giants franchise has a lot of history. My dad played here. It’d be cool.”
Ingram’s father Mark is currently serving time in a federal prison in Texas for money laundering, but the two spoke to each other by phone Thursday morning and will try to connect again this evening after he is selected.
“He has everything to do with it,” the younger Ingram said of his success. “He taught me to work hard. He taught me that nothing was going to be given to me easily. The man I am today, he has everything to do with that.”
Ingram said that he wasn’t a “die-hard fan” of the Giants growing up, but he did follow them closer than most teams just because of his lineage.
Will it hurt to finally be drafted and not have that connection able to be on the stage with him? Ingram said no.
“He’ll be here in my heart,” he said of his father.