After covering Iowa football for the last two seasons, I can honestly say this guy is someone who can really help the team. Can play inside our outside in a 4man front, and also has the size to play outside in a 3-4. You know he has been coached extremely well too if he's a defensive linemen from Iowa.
His versatility has increased his overall draft value, moving him from once a mid-round pick to possibly a late-first or early-second round selection. Some defensive ends aren't good fits for certain schemes, but Ballard should be able to play in either a 3-4 or 4-3 defense. To fit a 3-4 scheme like the Cowboys, he has enough strength to hold his own inside, but has some athletic ability to be a viable pass-rushing option as well. From the ideal size, to the combination of run-stopping and pass-rushing, Ballard would be a solid fit for any team.