From the moment Mark Ingram was selected with the 28th overall pick of the 2011 NFL Draft, he was placed in an impossible situation. Ingram was twenty yards behind the line of scrimmage before he ever took his first handoff. His selection by New Orleans was a direct reaction to the Saints halfback situation four months earlier at Seattle in the playoffs.

The current New Orleans Saints backfield was acquired in the following ways:

Travaris Cadet - Undrafted Free Agent

Chris Ivory - Undrafted Free Agent

Pierre Thomas - Undrafted Free Agent

Darren Sproles - Free Agent (originally a 4th round pick of the Chargers)

Mark Ingram - 1st Round Pick, 28th overall (1st in 2012 + 2nd in 2011)