2019-06-02 13:54:211 Oct 2018 01:53 AM EST
-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: New York Giants sixth-round pick Washburn cornerback Corey Ballentine. (Image Source: WU Sports Information)
The New York Giants had 10 picks in the 2019 NFL Draft, including six Day 3 selections. As we take the Giants “Off the Clock,” we’ll breakdown all 10 of their draft picks, continuing with their sixth-round choice:
Round 6; Pick 7 (180th Overall): CB Corey Ballentine, Washburn
Measurables: Quietly, Ballentine had a very solid showing at the NFL Scouting Combine. At 5’11” his height is about average with solid bulk (196 pounds) and very good length (77” wingspan; 31 5/8” arm length), with large hands (9 ½”). His 4.47 40-time was adequate and his short shuttle average (4.14), with a very strong three-cone time (6.82). Where he really impressed the most was with his jumps, as Ballentine’s 135” broad jump led all cornerbacks and his 39 ½” vertical was fifth.
Skill Set: While his straight-line speed isn’t elite, Ballentine was a member of the track team at Washburn and he has a very impressive burst with the ability to recover. The change-of-direction skills and quick feet needed in man coverage are there. His length is also very functional, as he knows how to battle at the line of scrimmage. Ballentine is also physical against the run and he knows how to fight for the football in jump-ball situations.
Value: Some evaluators thought Ballentine would go a round or two earlier on Day 3 of the draft. Those who are high on the small-school product see starter potential. The G-Men got very good value with this pick with a player they easily could have selected in the fifth round.
Need: He is the third cornerback drafted by the Giants so some would argue the need was already filled, however I would disagree. The cornerback position was severely lacking in proven commodities, as well as players the organization was confident would be part of the future. Depth was needed, both for today and tomorrow.
Mogollon’s Pick: With 10 picks, I would have planned on taking at least one or two swings for the fences. With that in mind, I’m calling Rodney Anderson’s name in this slot. The depth behind Saquon Barkley is shaky and Anderson would have probably been a high Day 2 pick had he been healthy coming out of Oklahoma.
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Who Else Did They Pass Up? Other cornerback options were Miami’s Jaquan Johnson, who went to Buffalo one pick later, a pair of MAC products in Toledo’s Ka’dar Hollman (No. 185) and Central Michigan’s Xavier Crawford (No. 195), as well as Blessuan Austin out of Rutgers (No. 196). In the trenches, Alabama’s Isaiah Buggs could have provided depth on the D-line.
The Fit: Tools wise, Ballentine appears to be a perfect fit. He’s physical with the long arms ideal for jamming receivers at the line of scrimmage, which is the type of press coverage defensive coordinator James Bettcher favors. However, on tape scouts see a defensive back who plays better in off coverage. He does excel in man which is a prerequisite to fit.
2019 Outlook & Beyond: As a rookie, Ballentine should contribute a lot as a special teamer, where he can play on multiple units, both in kickoff coverage, as well as coming off the edge against field goals, and even returning kicks if needed. He also adds depth to the cornerback position, a competition that is wide open for playing time. Even if he doesn’t develop into a future starter, Ballentine should be good enough to give the G-Men a quality option off the bench.
Daniel Mogollon is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America. He is also a voter for the Thorpe and the Rotary Lombardi Award, as well as the Latino Sports MVP Awards. You can reach him via email: email@example.com.
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