Christian Ballard Scouting Report

Christian Ballard

Height: 6’4
Weight: 283
College: Iowa
40 Time: 4.75
Class: Senior
Stock: Down
Projected: 3rd-4th Round

Stats

2010 – 42 tackles, 5.0 TFL, 3.0 sacks
2009 – 54 tackles, 9.0 TFL, 5.5 sacks
2008 – 41 tackles, 3.5 TFL, 1.0 sack
2007 – 15 tackles, 4.0 TFL, 2.5 sacks

Overview:

Christian Ballard has heard his name mentioned as a possible surprise 1st round pick. I actually thought he could be one as well. However, after watching some tape of him it would be a mistake for any team to take him so early. He lacks strength and hes very weak at the point of attack. He gets pushed around inside too often and he is inconsistent getting off blocks. I really question where he’ll be able to play. He wouldn’t fit well as a 4-3 end because he not a good pass-rusher. He doesn’t really fit at 3-4 end either because he’s weak and he’ll be constantly over matched especially if the scheme calls for him to occupy blockers. I don’t know where he fits and he’s too big of a question mark to select early in the draft.

Scouting Report:

Positives

– Great size, ideal for 3-4 scheme
– 3 year starter
– Pretty athletic, especially when playing inside against slower guards
– Moves well in space
– Shows the ability to shed blocks with his hands
– Good at penetrating and making stops in the back field
– Has flashed a swim and spin move
– Good tackler inside
– Has played all over the line at Iowa
– Versatile
– Team player

Negatives

– Lacks strength
– Weak at the point of attack
– Struggles mightily against double teams
– Doesn’t use his hand well to disengage and needs to be more consistent doing so
– Plays too high
– Lacks a great first step
– Offers very little as a pass-rusher
– Has no counter pass-rush moves
– Loses track of the ball on some plays
– Tweener with no true position
– May not be a perfect fit anywhere on the line

Skills:
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite

Strength: 2.5
Quickness: 2.5
Pass Rush: 2.0
Point Of Attack: 2.0
Recognition: 2.5
Motor: 2.5
Pro Potential: 2.0

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