Man Cover Skills –Like his mobility to play turn and run and how well he projects to the pro level in this regard. That said, technique and issues with staying committed at the line of scrimmage pose significant barriers to getting early action in the pros.
Zone Cover Skills –Spatial awareness and route recognition skills are pretty watered down, given the basic passing concepts he's been exposed to vs. what he's going to experience in the NFL. Quick to key on passers as he reads eyes/arm.
Feet/Change of Direction –His footwork is obviously going to require tune ups, but I like his natural foot speed. His pedal is sloppy but there's a solid foundation here to build upon if looking to draw on his natural ability.
Ball Skills –There's a natural feel here for finding the football and adjusting accordingly. Ups and downs are present but he can calculate on the move and make a quality challenge of the football as he's carrying a receiver down field.
Flexibility –Natural mover, there's some rise in his hips when he backpedals but it doesn't appear to be related to movement restrictions based on watching him move in space and as he looks to click and drive on things hitting in front of his face.
Acceleration –Very good testing speed and notable suddenness on film, he stands head and shoulders above the competition at this level of play in his suddenness and short area acceleration. He's got adequate testing speed ot suggest he can defend vertically.
Zone Spacing – He's got the necessary short area agility to be effective in shallow zones and burst to the football. There's no shortage of initial spring, he's not elite but his sudden acceleration will allow him some wiggle room as he squats over top of routes.
Competitive Toughness –I like his attitude. He brings the heat when it's time to step up and is fearless vs. blockers setting up in front of his face. He'll do well to use his hands and toss guys out of his way. Stout tackler. Good effort and contributor on special teams.
Run Support –He's quick to identify and quick to flow. Testament to his skill on kick coverage that he'll break to the LOS quickly and understands the value of sorting through blockers to uncover and be available to challenge the ball.
Tackling –Plus tackler. He doesn't have the biggest wingspan but he plays with a big reach and he shows good awareness to make sure he's looking to wrap up and finish his challenges effectively. Comfortable challenging one on one in space.
PROSPECT COMPARISON - James Bradbury
BEST TRAIT – Explosiveness
WORST TRAIT – Football IQ
BEST FILM – Lindenwood (2018)
WORST FILM – Central Missouri (2018)
RED FLAGS – None
Corey Ballentine is a small school prospect with the physical tools needed to eventually make the jump to a pro contributor. His jump in contributions could hinder his transition time, however, and create utmost importance in his ability to play special teams to ensure he's able to see the field in the dawn of his pro career. Fortunately, Ballentine is a willing tackler, so there's a clear path for him to make waves on kick coverages as he learns CB.
Round Grade - Fifth Round