Friday, March 4, 2011
Ballard Impresses at NFL Combine
NFL Draft guru Mel Kiper, Jr. had pegged Ballard as high as the 29th best overall draft prospect in a recent mock draft, and with Ballard's performance at the combine his stock should only improve.
In his four years at Iowa, Ballard recorded 152 tackles and 12.5 sacks. He was a starter in his last three years and he played a key role in the Hawkeyes' 2009 Orange Bowl victory.
During his high school days Ballard was commonly known as a player who "looked like Tarzan, but played like Jane," but that didn't hold back college recruiters who were willing to take a chance on Ballard and his freakish athletic ability. As a senior Ballard chose Iowa over offers from the likes of Oklahoma, Georgia and Michigan.