I can’t get enough of this running back class this year. So many good ones, from the top tier which I have as Barkley, Michel and Guice to the Day 2 and Day 3 guys.
One interesting back that has caught my psychic eye is Kalen Ballage, The Arizona State Running Back.
The Positives: He’s another big back available in the 2018 draft. At 6-3, 230 pounds the Arizona State Senior is a lot to bring down. Ballage is a very good athlete, that large frame is pretty well spread out on a big body.
There were times when Ballage took over games at ASU including a 2016 game vs Texas Tech where he scored eight touchdowns. YES EIGHT! That actually tied a college football record. Seven of those touchdowns were on the ground on only 13 carries. In that game when you gave the ball to Ballage he was more than 50% likely to score.
Ballage had an impressive 44 receptions in junior season. He’s quite a versatile back. He runs well, he catches the ball well. Ballage actually had a bunch of direct snaps out of the wildcat at ASU and was very productive.
The Negatives: Despite that impressive single game vs Texas Tech, Ballage doesn’t have eye owning career stats. In his four year career he never crossed the 700 yard mark and that’s playing in at least 10 games a season.
He’s also a bit of a dancer. Albeit he is a big back who has showed the power to move defenses after contact, often times Ballage doesn’t aggressively attack the offense. Some people will cite his patient running style as a strength and it certainly can be. For what its worth, this “dancing” only occurs behind the line of scrimmage. Pray you don’t square up with Ballage in the open field. OUCH!
The Alien Dust: I think he is one of the most underrated running back prospects in the 2018 draft. He might have gone higher if he came out last year, but this year’s class is so deep, it pushed him down a bit.
What really jumps out about Ballage is his versatility. He’s not just a big North and South runner. The guy can run outside and inside and can be quite a weapon in the passing game showing the ability to run a variety of routes. He could be the next David Johnson.
Ballage would be quite an addition to the Dolphins and he might even be available on Day 3.
This versatile weapon reminds me of one of my most fundamental weapons – the Thermos Blaster!
You can watch his highlights here!