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2011 NFL Draft Profile: Christian Ballard

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Alfie's Player Ranking 31 out of 100
Projected Round: 1-2

Today continues my countdown to the Top 100 draftable players of the 2011 NFL Draft. We move on to my 31st ranked player, Iowa defensive lineman Christian Ballard.

Height: 6-4

Weight: 288lbs

PROS: Explosive off the snap of the football. Very athletic for his size and shows versatility getting a lot of playing time at the defensive end and defensive tackle position at Iowa. Plays with good leverage and holds up against the run. Good tackler that will deliver big hits. Very active on the field.

CONS: Very inconsistent player. Can dominate a football game or completely disappear. Misses tackles in "the trash" and sometimes plays too high allowing him to get pushed out of plays. Doesn’t really have a set NFL position. Is he a tackle on a 4-3 or an end in a 3-4?

Defense
Season Team TOT SOL AST TFL SK FF
Totals 152 60 92 21½ 12 2
2007 Iowa 15 5 10 4 0
2008 Iowa 41 14 27 1 1
2009 Iowa 54 18 36 9 0
2010 Iowa 42 23 19 5 3 1