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Draft Rundown -- Versatility Boosting Stock For Iowa DE

Discussion in 'Draft Zone' started by NextGenBoys, Apr 18, 2011.

  1. NextGenBoys

    NextGenBoys Well-Known Member

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    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.

    Name: Christian Ballard
    Position: Defensive End
    College: Iowa
    Height/Weight: 6-4/290
    Age: 22

    Strengths: 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.

  2. Macnalty

    Macnalty Well-Known Member

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    If I had a choice I think I would rather have his team mate Karl Klug if push came to shove. Karl just seems to always get the job done and not always pretty but always effective.
  3. NextGenBoys

    NextGenBoys Well-Known Member

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    Klug has a high motor, but I can't see him going to a 3-4 team though. Could be wrong, but I see him strictly as 4-3.

    However if Matt Kroul can play the nose and outside for the Jets, maybe Klug can too.

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