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Corey Ballentine, cornerback
5’11” | 196 lbs | Washburn
Projected draft range: Day three
I would take him in the: Fourth round
One sentence bio: Born in Jamaica; grew up in Topeka, Kansas, and only started playing football his junior year in high school.
One sentence scouting report: Big, physical corner with a great athletic profile, developmental traits and a immediate special teams value.
How he fits in KC:
Ballentine was invited to the Senior Bowl, where our entire team got eyes on him. I had a chance to interview him, learning that he was born in Jamaica and has been in Kansas CIty’s backyard most of his life.
Early on in Mobile, he looked a little overwhelmed, but really improved every day he was there. Ballentine showed ball skills and a willingness to tackle, and his athletic testing numbers impressed. In his early pro career, his value will be as a special teams player.
The Chiefs already have a similar player in Tremon Smith, who is a four-core special-teamer and backup cornerback. So defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo might see a move to safety for Ballentine. His size and range could benefit this Chiefs defense, but for the first couple of years, he would be in a strictly developmental role as a backup while he learns and adjusts to to the speed of the pro game.
When I asked Ballentine what it would like to be a member of Chiefs, he said, “It’d be amazing — especially being that close to home. I would definitely love the opportunity and I’ve heard it’s a great organization.”
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