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2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report: OT Josh Ball

  • The Draft Network
  • January 28, 2021
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PROSPECT SUMMARY - JOSH BALL

Josh Ball aligned at left tackle for the Thundering Herd offense. He displays good overall athleticism and body control in his pass sets. Ball also displays good initial quickness out of his stance and plays with good knee bend, helping him with leverage as such a big-bodied blocker up front. His excellent length and range on the edge make it challenging for rushers to bend and turn the corner on him when he gets good depth in his set. He has good flexibility in his ankles, which helps him anchor and handle the bull rush effectively if defenders try to roll through his frame. Ball demonstrates the lateral agility to redirect on counters and hard inside moves. Although Ball has moments of getting his feet in the neutral zone through leg drive, he's not a consistent vertical mover in the run game. He may be a little under-bulked but appears to have the frame to add mass as NFL teams feel would be necessary to unlock further potential. Ball could certainly afford to get stronger so that he can anchor better and get stronger with his initial punch. Most notably, he was dismissed from Florida State and the reasons for his departure must be researched throughout the process.

Ideal Role: Eventual starter at left tackle.

Scheme Fit: Any.

FILM EVALUATION

Written by Drae Harris

Games watched: Appalachan State (2020), EKU (2020), UMass (2020)

Best Game Studied: EKU (2020)

Worst Game Studied: Appalachan State (2020)

Balance: He plays with good balance. This is demonstrated in his ability to play on his feet and stay off the ground. He demonstrates good posture and bend while in his set. 

Pass Set: He is generally smooth and fluid in his pass set. There were moments in the App St. game where some athleticism gave him a little trouble. But he recovered as he adjusted to the speed of the edge rushers there.

Competitive Toughness: He has good competitive toughness. He has moments where he is a dominant finisher. He also demonstrates good physical toughness in his ability to come off the ball and strike in the run game. 

Lateral Mobility: He demonstrates the agility to redirect laterally. However, in the App St. game, it was evident that the athleticism of the edge rushers challenged him a bit. However, to his credit, he adjusted and had moments of dominance in that game, as well.

Length: He appears to have good length for the position. This helps him to have outstanding range against athletic edge rushers. He is listed at 6-foot-8 and has the necessary length, but may need to improve with pro coaching at using his length to his advantage.

Football IQ: There is nothing glaringly deficient in his football IQ. However, he had moments where he was late reacting to twists and stunts. Identifying these and anticipating these better could help his reaction time. 

Hands: He can afford to improve the overall strength and power in his hands. This is shown in his latch strength, as well as his overall punch. He does, however, show good timing with his hands while in his pass set.

Anchor: He has no problem anchoring for the level of competition for which he played. However, this should be monitored as he gets to the NFL. He is 6-foot-8 and although he bends well, shorter power rushers may challenge him in the NFL.

Power at P.O.A.: He does a good job holding the point of attack. He also comes off the ball hard and aggressively in the run game. He will be even more effective in this regard when his power improves. 

Versatility: He is athletic and versatile enough to play right tackle if necessary. Although it may take him reps to adjust, his skill set favors him having success on the right side. 

Prospect Comparison: Andrew Whitworth (2006 NFL Draft, Cincinnati Bengals)

SCOUT GRADES

TDN Consensus: To Be Determined

Drae Harris: 73/100

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