Cardinals nab USC RB Keaontay Ingram with 201st pick in 2022 NFL Draft

Apr 30, 2022, 1:45 PM | Updated: 2:00 pm

USC Trojans running back Keaontay Ingram (28) during a college football game between the UCLA Bruin...

USC Trojans running back Keaontay Ingram (28) during a college football game between the UCLA Bruins and the USC Trojans on November 20, 2021, at United Airlines Field at The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Jordon Kelly/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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The Arizona Cardinals selected USC running back Keaontay Ingram with the first of their two sixth-round picks on Saturday, the No. 201 pick overall.

Ingram heads to the desert after recording 911 yards and five touchdowns on 156 carries as a senior in 2021.

He also added 22 catches for 156 yards through the air.

The rookie played three seasons at Texas before transferring to USC.

Ingram ran a 4.53-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine in March and measured at 221 pounds.

He joins a position group with James Conner, Eno Benjamin and Jonathan Ward.

To begin Arizona’s draft on Thursday, the Cardinals traded the No. 23 overall selection to the Baltimore Ravens for wide receiver Marquise Brown and the 100th overall pick.

The Cardinals kept all three of its picks on Day 2 of the draft Friday. Their second-round choice led them to Colorado State tight end Trey McBride, who was picked 55th overall.

Arizona then turned to the defensive side of the ball, selecting San Diego State defensive end Cameron Thomas with the 87th overall pick before taking Cincinnati DE Myjai Sanders with the 100th overall pick. Both are expected to line up as outside linebackers for the Cardinals.

Moving forward, Arizona currently has another sixth-round pick (No. 215) and three seventh-round selections (Nos. 244, 256 and 257).

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