Kalen Ballage NFL Draft 2018: Scouting Report for Miami Dolphins' Pick

Matt Miller@nfldraftscoutNFL Draft Lead WriterApril 28, 2018

Arizona State running back Kalen Ballage (7) in the second half during an NCAA college football game against New Mexico State, Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, in Tempe, Ariz. Arizona State defeated New Mexico State 37-31. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
Rick Scuteri/Associated Press

POSITIVES

—Ballage is a "first off the bus" kind of guy who is an uber-athlete at the position.

—He has a toolset that is perfect for the NFL with power, speed, hands and versatility as a route-runner.

—Had moments of huge production as a runner, receiver and returner. He can play multiple spots.

—Teams that want a back who can catch will like Ballage. He has natural hands and is a smooth route-runner.

—Ballage can run with power and balance while bringing burst to his game. His good runs make your jaw drop and convince you he could be a starting NFL running back.

    

NEGATIVES

—Ballage's lack of vision is a major concern. If a hole isn't clearly there for the taking, he'll struggle.

—Arizona State rarely featured him, and he's made a name for himself off one game—an eight-TD performance against Texas Tech in 2016.

—Only had two 100-yard rushing games in the last two seasons and was at times shut down by average Pac-12 defenses.

—Teams should be concerned with Ballage's lack of production in 2017. His numbers and play took a major dip.

—Ballage looks the part, but his tape was disappointing and left us wanting more from his awesome skill sets.

   

OVERALL

Ballage is either fool's gold or a potential steal. He'll spark many debates about traits versus production in scouting rooms. There is very little wear and tear on his frame and he is a great athlete, but a lack of impact on Saturdays will give teams pause.

   

GRADE: 5.75 (Round 5)

PRO COMPARISON: Jordan Howard, Chicago Bears

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