Kalen Ballage

Arizona State
RB

Prospect Info

College
Arizona State
Hometown
Class
Peyton, CO
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 2"
228 lbs
32 3/4”
Hands
9 1/2”

Prospect Grade

5.46
NFL Backup or Special Teams Potential
How We Grade

2018 Draft Results

Drafted by
Miami
Dolphins
Round 4 ‧ Pick 31
40 Yard Dash
4.46
Seconds
Bench Press
15
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
33.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
122.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
6.91
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.35
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
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Seconds
 
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Ballage made national headlines in 2016 by tying the FBS record by using his power and speed to score eight touchdowns in one game (seven rushing -- most from the Wildcat formation in the red zone -- and one receiving) in a September match-up against Texas Tech. Ballage did not earn any all-conference efforts because he split carries (126 for 536 yards) with Demario Richard, but he scored 14 rushing touchdowns, provided a safety valve in the receiving game (44 receptions, 469 yards, one touchdown) and returned kicks (18 attempts, 409 yards). Ballage split carries with Richard again in 2017, rushing for 669 yards and six scores on 157 totes (20 receptions, 91 yards; 20 attempts, 437 yards on kick returns). He missed the beginning of his sophomore year with mononucleosis but finished with 653 rushing yards and four scores in 10 games. The four-star recruit from Colorado played a role as a true freshman in 2014 (42 rush, 138 yards, three touchdowns; six receptions, 64 yards, touchdown), even making a 96-yard kick return in the Sun Bowl that year.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 3-4
NFL Comparison
Rashad Jennings
Overview
Ballage looks great on the hoof and should test well at the Combine, but his lack of decisiveness and vision make it hard to envision him as a full-time RB1. Ballage can do a little of this and a little of that, but a team will need to have a clear-cut plan for how to use him. Ballage's size and athletic ability will appeal to teams as will his ability to play on third downs and return kicks.
Strengths
  • Excellent body composition and frame
  • Possesses an athletic build with well-proportioned upper body and lower body that squats over 500 pounds
  • Versatile player who has experience as an off-set runner, a pass catcher out of the backfield and a wildcat quarterback
  • Has experience returning kicks
  • Plays with adequate burst between tackles
  • Lowers shoulder and accelerates feet into and through contact to fall forward
  • Has secondary power to find a tough yard near end zone
  • Clean hands as pass catcher
  • Displays ability to adjust to poorly thrown balls
  • Can line up in the slot
  • Able to slip first tackle attempt after the catch in open field
  • Needs to protect with better technique, but his size is effective in taking on blitzers
Weaknesses
  • Doesn't have the hips or feet to cut with sharpness after flowing hard to the edge
  • Runs too upright to squeeze through tight rush lanes
  • Plays with early indecisiveness
  • Takes too many skip steps in his approach downhill allowing defense time to fight past blocks
  • Field vision is severely lacking
  • Allows open run lanes to go unused
  • Feet can get confused when faced with unexpected traffic
  • Athletic, but not elusive
  • Not nearly as hard to tackle as expected
  • Play regressed somewhat from 2016
Sources Tell Us

"Mark this down. Nobody will be talking about him until he gets to the Combine where he will lift well, run well and jump out of the stadium. Then, he'll be the hot name." -- NFC team director of college scouting

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GRADE
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