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Marino | Kalen Ballage offers burst and receiving skills to compliment power

NOV 10 Utah at Arizona State
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Marino | Kalen Ballage offers burst and receiving skills to compliment power

Arizona State running back Kalen Ballage captured the nation’s attention with his record-setting eight touchdown performance against Texas Tech in week two of the 2016 season. Part of a standout duo with Demario Richard, both are back for their senior season’s and big things are expected from the veteran tandem.

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Ballage is one of the 99 seniors that Jon Ledyard, Kyle Crabbs and I are showcasing this summer as part of our NDT Scouting Premium services.

Ballage’s full assessment is available but as with all of our works at NDT Scouting, we hope to continue to be transparent in our process.

I detail areas of concern in my full assessment but let’s examine how Ballage wins and why he has NFL upside. The following clips/scouting notes highlight those areas.

When you are 6-foot-3, 22o pounds, you must be relied on to carry the rock in short yardage situations. On this rep, Ballage illustrates his contact power and ability to greet a linebacker in the hole and win with play strength. Ballage leverages the gap, makes one cut and explodes into contact.

For his size, Ballage has a surprising amount of burst which allows him to execute boundary runs. This rep is a good example of how he can get the corner on the defense and break pursuit angles.

Ballage isn’t affected by arm tackles and if you aren’t willing to square him up then he is more than willing to explode through defenders who don’t want to challenge his size/strength. His tempo and breakaway speed here is impressive.

Ballage is a patient runner that allows for his blocks to develop and then cuts effectively off them. This rep highlights his ability to do just that and string together moves.

Ballage had more 100-yard receiving games than he did rushing in 2016. His ability to contribute as a receiver improve his value immensely. He has soft hands and thrives when he has space to make cuts and work up the field.

The more space, the better for Ballage who is more than capable of eluding tacklers in the open field. Ballage is effective in the screen game and does well to anticipate first contact and maximize touches.

While Ballage is effective as a receiver working the first level, he has also flashed the skills to catch the ball down the field. This rep exhibits his ability to track the ball vertically, adjust his body and secure a difficult catch for a touchdown.

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Joe Marino

Marino began his career as the Assistant Editor for USA Today Digital Properties Draft Sites Network in 2011. A member of the FWAA, Marino writes about the NFL, College Football and NFL Draft for FanRag Sports.

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