Mark Ingram is the only active player to be ranked in the top five. He deserves it.
Although, he wasn’t ranked first in any particular category, Ingram’s consistency and dependability gives him the nod over the other great backs listed. His six years in the league is respectable, considering he’s still going strong. There were only three other running backs that had more experience with eight years.
At any rate, Ingram could likely end up with the longest tenured career when all is said and done. Furthermore, Ingram has 953 rushes and will likely top 1,000 rushes this upcoming year. The only other running backs that have 1,000 carries or more is Deuce McAllister and Dalton Hilliard.
Conversely, critics will express the negatives that Mark Ingram is a very good back but not “great.” However, his career is still in progress. The addition of Adrian Peterson and Alvin Kamara could actually be a good thing. Ingram seems to perform better under pressure. Incidentally, he has the potential to still move up this list. Regardless, Ingram is the #5 best RB in New Orleans Saints history.