Ballentine was a man amongst boys at the Division II level, winning the Cliff Harris Award as the best "small school" defensive player in the country. He did not look out of place at the Senior Bowl, easing concerns about his ability to handle the jump in competition.
Ballentine recorded 50 tackles, six passes defensed and three interceptions in 2018.
With his length, speed, proven ball-skills and physical nature, Ballentine appears likely to join former Washburn cornerback Cary Williams (229th overall in 2008) and defensive tackle Trey Lewis (185th overall in 2007) as the only Ichabod players drafted into the NFL this century.
Looks the part of an NFL cornerback with above average size (5-11, 196 pounds), including broad shoulders, a tapered, athletic frame and disproportionately long, well-built arms, measuring in just a hair under 32" inches.
Fluid mover with light feet and loose hips, showing good change of direction and top-end speed to remain in the hip pocket of receivers. Physical player with good closing speed and bad intentions when it comes to run support, showing toughness in fighting through blocks and an accurate strike zone as a tackler.
Good awareness of the ball in coverage with proven ball-skills, turning three of his seven pass breakups into interceptions in 2018 while serving as the team's primary kick returner. Shows good vision to set up blocks with the ball in his hands. Quality special team defender, as well, with four career blocked kicks, including three in 2018, alone.
A six-time member of the MIAA Academic Honor Roll despite playing football, as well as track and field. Obvious level of competition concerns. Victimized at times by savvy route-runners at the Senior Bowl, needing to show greater anticipation of routes. A bit stiff in his transition, running faster for the stopwatch than he plays.
Projection: Fifth Round
--Field Level Media