Rankings

Player Display Name: 
Kalen Ballage

Running back
School: Arizona State | Conference: PAC 12
HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-1 / 228 | 40: 4.46 | DRAFT YR:2018

Rankings

Grade
3.56
Projected Round
4th
Bio: 
One-year starter who rushed 157 times for 669 yards and six touchdowns and caught 20 passes for 91 yards in 2017 to earn an invitation to the Senior Bowl. Started six games as a junior and led Arizona State with 14 rushing touchdowns, carrying 126 times for 536 yards and making 44 receptions for 469 yards and one score. Rushed for 653 yards and four TDs on 125 carries in 2015. Tallied 42 carries for 126 yards and three touchdowns as a true freshman.
Pos: 
Physically gifted running back prospect who only occasionally flashes big-time ability. Fluid, strong and runs with an aggressive style. Patiently waits for blocks to develop, cuts back against the grain and possesses good short-area quickness. Bounces around piles, easily turns the corner and effectively uses blocks everywhere on the field. Solid pass catcher out of the backfield who is effective after the catch. Helps the quarterback sell ball fakes. Produces as a kick returner.
Neg: 
Loses focus and concentration. Takes a while to get going. Inconsistent in all his production.
Analysis: 
Ballage can take over games and be a dominant force when he’s running on all cylinders, but unfortunately it doesn’t happen often enough. He has the skills and ability to be a feature runner at the next level but must use them on an every-down basis. Ballage could have a long starting career at the next level should he achieve the potential scouts believe he has, or he could be a journeyman running back who barely makes a ripple.