Discussion in 'Miami Dolphins Forum' started by DKphin, May 17, 2018.
If you watched his press conference thing from the other day he seems like a good dude too. I have high hopes for him.
Oh and that one part where he trucks that dude down the sideline makes me laugh every time i see it. Good stuff!!!
by looking at those highlights he doesn't seem soft to me at all. I see him running over people, around people and running away from people. Can't wait to see what he can do for us.
Definitely talent to mold and work with. Interesting too that he was drafted with the pick Miami acquired for Jay Ajayi.
I think we drafted him off of the work at the senior bowl, he was a far more violent runner there than during the season. I have high hopes for the kid.
Tell you what's interesting about that highlight tape. Almost no hesitancy hitting the hole or picking the line. His gametape has a lot of it though. Shows you that if he can cut out the false steps he could be a devastating tailback.
True, sometimes you need to let the hole develop. I'm also unconvinced that he lacks vision. But those false steps just kill his momentum at times and he should work on that. The potential fruits of eliminating them are in that highlight video.
Would like to see him run behind his pads more when toting up the gut, but he's a high-cut guy so it's not that easy.
I'm soooo excited for this guy he is just gonna run people over and not even think twice about it. He has great speed and can see a hole as soon as he gets the ball. We will definitely see a lot of him.
Would be a good guy to get it to in space. I thought it was a nice pick to have behind Drake and Gore.
Looks way better than Damien Williams. Let's see how he does.
He looks fast
The thing that is missing from his game is making tacklers miss, being elusive, getting yards after contact. It's hard for me to get on board with a guy as a potential superstar when he doesn't do that very well.
His combination of pass catching, size, strength, and speed are obviously the story with him and that's been the case since he was in high school. He's also a good student of the game and a thoughtful kid. It's enough that you can forgive a flaw, even if it's a pretty big one.
Ballage had some really poor offensive line play in front of him and I don't think it was a coincidence that he blossomed at the Senior Bowl.
There is a bit of David Johnson in him, for those of us who evaluated Johnson with foresight back in 2015 (when he was a late-3rd round pick coming out of University of Northern Illinois) rather than those of us using hindsight from 2018.
My goal for him this year since he's so big, strong, and willing, would be to get him good enough at blocking that I could use him in 21 personnel looks as a second running back that can play upback, split out wide, take carries in short yardage, and pass protect while Kenyan Drake runs out on routes.
If you watch what the Rams did with Robert Holcombe in 1999 under Mike Martz (mentor to Adam Gase), that's the vision.
He reminds me a lot of Drake.
Love this pick. Kid has a nose for the endzone and he is a perfect fit for this O. The FO is finally all in sync with our coaches. FINALLLYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY
The things that have me excited about Ballage are, 1) With pro coaching and a pro style offensive line at the Senior Bowl, Ballage played a hell of a game. I saw plenty of ASU games over the last 2 seasons and Ballage looked so much better during the Senior Bowl game and practices, then he did at times at ASU. I feel, it could, mean he has potentially better days ahead, as an NFL player, even if it's just as a 3rd down back and KO Returner. He certainly can catch, it's afraid to block and is a threat as a returner. Now if he develops into a contributing RB on early downs; that's money in the bank for Miami. 2) Eric Studsville has known this kid since H.S. And apparently vouched for him. If Studsville can work his magic on Ballage, like he's done with other RB’s around the league, Ballage may turn out to be more than we fans are hoping for. I'm hopeful this new group of coaches, Gase has assembled around him, pays off? Because it seems as if the are better than the coaches they've replaced? Miami may have hit a home run with Ballage? Time will tell if KB33 is up to the challenge?
Definitely has a lot of talent, I don't think he has the best balance though.
Some of that good old Pac-12 D going on in those highlights lol
And his knees aren't a question mark.
He reminds a lot of Ronnie Brown. Not just because of all the wildcat either.
That's a big boy, but he's not going to make anyone miss...more of a battering ram kind of back, someone to pick up those tough short yards. Another thing, I didn't see that speed some of you are talking about, if you compare him to most of us then sure he's fast, but as an NFL player I didn't see blazing fast speed. However, still like the pick for sure.
That's actually a pretty good comparison. He looks like someone who is physical once he gets a head of steam. Wouldn't necessarily classify him as a move the pile back, but for the fourth round could definitely outplay that draft spot.
He gets to top speed in a hurry when catching checkdowns. Sometimes he's already dealing with trash.
I wish I could've seen more of his blocking.
As a 4th round pick, he's worth it even if he just replaces Damien Williams role and he should have little to no problem doing that.
What worries me about him is his 2.8 yards after contact per rush during his career.
He's not...elusive. But he's fast, gets to his top speed quick, and a hell of a smooth runner. I didn't look as hard at him as I did some other backs in the draft. But in a zone blocking scheme? He could rip off some big runs.
It's funny, I looked at that highlight reel, and the first thing I thought was, "Hell, he reminds me of Robert Smith."
I'm happy too. Maybe he will start.
He's actually about 20 lbs heavier than Drake. Ballage is a very big boy.
Great kid... heard him on the big “O” show...really seems to have his head screwed on right.
He's not a stop/start runner that jump cuts at the line. He runs through tackles and uses his hands well to fend off defenders. He has a spin move and has the speed to run away from contact once through the line. He is elusive enough to move against the flow of defenders to get to open field. There's not a lot of sparkle to his performance, and that's what "evaluators" want to see.
Like his potential but he runs really upright for RB but he is taller than most. Knock on wood but we had done well drafting RBs in the mid rounds the last few years.