Rankings

Player Display Name: 
Corey Ballentine

Cornerback
School: Washburn | Conference: D-IAA
HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 5-11.0 / 196 | 40: 4.47 | DRAFT YR:2019

Rankings

Grade
3.46
Projected Round
5th
Pos: 
Athletic small-school cornerback with outstanding upside. Fluidly moves about the field, smooth in his backpedal and in reverse and keeps the action in front of him. Displays a good head for the ball, shows outstanding recognition and works well with teammates. Runs downfield with opponents, locates the pass in the air and effectively positions himself against receivers to make plays on the ball. Shows an explosive closing burst, plays aggressive football and drives his shoulders into ball carriers. Stays with receivers on crossing patterns and makes tackles in the open field. Effective as a kick returner.
Neg: 
Possesses average skill in zone coverage and does not show great route recognition. Ran hot and cold during the week of Senior Bowl practice.
Analysis: 
Ballentine was a terrific small-school corner who possesses the size, speed and underlying ability to play at the next level. He needs to refine his game but could make an impact as a rookie in dime packages in a man-coverage system or backed off the line of scrimmage.