Ball rushed for more than 700 yards as a junior before being dismissed for violating team rules, forcing him to declare for the draft early. He was inconsistent and started only five games for Nevada. He has good size for the position and could find a role as a special-teams player, but will likely go undrafted and have to compete for a position in camp.
Ball has a natural feel when working between the tackles and has a shuffle step that he uses to get linebackers off of him. He can occasionally get the edge on a defense and has the power in his legs to carry piles. He is a very willing blocker and a physical player all around, with the tools to contribute on special teams.
Ball simply hasn't done enough in college and faces a long road to the NFL. He also doesn't have the kind of raw athletic ability that would entice a team to take a flier on him. He is a situational player who will have to be given the right opportunity to make a team.
Future Hall of Famer
A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.