Biography: Part-time starter the past three seasons who finished with 14/150 as a senior after 5/73 the prior year.
Positives: Hard-working college tight end with solid size and blocking skills. Plays with good lean, bends his knees, and works hard until the whistle blows. Nicely adjusts to the errant throw and extends to make the reception away from his frame. Good initial jolt at the point of attack as a blocker.
Negatives: Lacks speed and rumbles around the field. Marginally productive as a pass catcher.
Analysis: Ballard is a marginal athlete yet a solid football player who can find a home on an NFL team as a third tight end.
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