- Associated Press - Thursday, April 28, 2011

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 Trophy.

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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