Photo of Christian Ballard
Grade
7.56 ?
  • 4.80 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 31.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 111.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.54 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.51 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 6'4" Height
  • 33" Arm Length
  • 283LBS. Weight
  • 10 1/8" Hands

Overview

Ballard's draft stock could depend upon whether teams see him as versatile defensive lineman who could be a strongside end or move inside in a Tampa 2-type, penetrating scheme, or if he's viewed as a raw 'tweener who lacks speed to play end and the strength needed inside. Either way, he possesses a great frame coupled with quickness and agility. Can penetrate with his explosive get off but doesn't have the pass rushing arsenal or closing speed to consistently arrive at the passer. Displays good range against the run but doesn't shed quick enough. Motor and awareness are below average. Ballard's a Day 2 prospect.

Analysis

Strengths

Ballard has a very nice combination of size and mobility. Has great get off and establishes initial position. Makes plays in pursuit when he gets off blocks. Can penetrate as a pass rusher with his outstanding quickness. Moves extremely well laterally. Has quick hands. Experienced. Versatile. Solid character.

Weaknesses

Needs to do a better job getting off blockers. May struggle to set the edge at the next level. Does not effectively counter as a pass rusher or have great closing speed and burst. Needs to develop his pass rushing moves. Effort is inconsistent. Could be a 'tweener from a physical size/speed standpoint.
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.
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