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ROSENHAUS: Ingram will be a Pro Bowl TE

GAINESVILLE -- In today's Miami Herald you'll find a story about former Florida Gators receiver Percy Harvin, who is awaiting the NFL Draft amid concerns about his attitude and durability.

Today is the 20th day of April (4/20), so another post about Harvin's alleged habits would seem appropriate. But we're bored to tears with all that. Instead, we'll offer Harvin a bit of advice as he embarks on the next journey of his remarkably blessed life: Don't be the next Charles Rogers.

The focus of today's blog -- as we transition from spring football practice to this weekend's NFL Draft -- is Florida Gators fan favorite Cornelius Ingram.

Ingram has been busy since the Gators' Pro Day back in March. Among his many private workouts was a one-on-one session with New England coach Bill Belichick on Friday. Belichick was in town for UF coach Urban Meyer's coaching clinic and the Pats' coach gave Ingram a close look.

Ingram isn't expected to be drafted in the first round on Saturday, but his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, doesn't expect Ingram to be around for long after that. Gator Clause caught up with Rosenhaus on Sunday and here's what he said:

"C.I. has no lingering injury questions. He has worked out for numerous teams. I fully expect him to a first-day pick. He has captivated the teams with his natural receiving skills. He will be a Pro Bowl tight end."

Since signing Ingram after the national championship game, Rosenhaus has worked diligently to convince NFL general managers, scouts and coaches that Ingram's surgically repaired left knee (torn anterior-cruciate ligament) is 100 percent healthy and ready for the rigors of the NFL. Ingram's injury occurred last summer, forcing him to miss the 2008 season. Despite the injury, Ingram served as a team captain for the national championship team and was a constant source of inspiration for his teammates.

Ingram ran the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine in 4.68 seconds and, according to Rosenhaus, broke the 4.5-second barrier during the Gators' Pro Day. Running a second 40-yard dash was a calculated risk orchestrated by Rosenhaus, who said that running again would help the perception among scouts that Ingram was indeed healthy.

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