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Photo of Christian Ballard
Christian Ballard (DL)
  • Height:
    6'4"
  • Weight:
    283 lbs.
  • Arm Length:
    33 in.
  • Hand Size:
    10 1/8 in.
  • College:
    Iowa
  • Conference:
    Big Ten
Featured Prospects

Selected by: Minnesota Vikings
Round: 4
Pick (Overall): 9 (106)

Pick Analysis: The Vikings bolster their depth along the defensive line with the selection of Ballard. He gives them a rugged interior defender with the size and strength to be effective at the point of attack. He is a tremendous value pick for the Vikings at this point.
Combine Stats
  • 40 Yard Dash4.8 sec
  • Bench Press- -
  • Vertical Jump31.5 inch
  • Broad Jump111.0 inch
  • 3 Cone Drill7.54 sec
  • 20 Yard Shuttle4.51 sec
  • 60 Yard Shuttle- -
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Overview

Ballard's draft stock could depend upon whether teams see him as versatile defensive lineman who could be a strong side 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 quarterback. Displays good range against the run but doesn't shed quick enough. Ballard looks to be a Day 2 prospect.


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.

Grade

7.5

 

Video Playlist

  1. 2011 combine workout: Christian Ballard

    Published: March 14, 2011 at 08:50 p.m.

    Watch Iowa DT Christian Ballard perform at the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine.

  2. Christian Ballard vignette

    Published: Feb. 23, 2011 at 01:05 p.m.

    Get to know Christian Ballard, the versatile pass rusher from Iowa.

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