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Nevada - Wolf Pack


Mike Ball

Mike Ball - #5 - RB

Height: 5-8 1/2
Weight: 206
Speed: 4.61
Arm: 31
Hand: 9 1/8
Wingspan: 73 1/2
Birthdate: 09/10/1990
Hometown: Dallas, TX
Grade: 5.00

PROSPECT MEASURABLES

Event Ht Wt Hand Arm Wing Wonderlic 40 yard BP BJ VJ 20s 60s 3 Cn
03/21/2012 Nevada Pro Day 5-8 7/8 213 9 1/2 31 73 5/8 4.54 9'10" 4.12 6.97
02/29/2012 Combine 5-8 1/2 206 9 1/8 31 73 1/2 4.61 21 9'4" 36 4.24 11.84 7.11

 

Notes:

Prepped in Las Vegas, where he was the state’s top-ranked running back and also lettered in track and basketball. Redshirted in 2008. Saw action in 12 contests in ’09 as a backup running back and kickoff returner. Rushed 23 times for 220 yards (9.6-yard average) and five touchdowns. Also returned 31 kickoffs for 768 yards (24.8-yard average). In ’10, he recorded 38-259-4 (6.8) rushing and 34-833-0 (24.5) returning kickoffs in addition to catching 11 passes for 73 yards (6.6-yard average) and two touchdowns in 11 games. Suspended for two games — Brigham Young and UNLV — for undisclosed reasons. Made the first five starts of his career in ’11, rushing 135-704-3 (5.2), receiving 11-42-2 (3.8) and returning kickoffs 5-94-0 (18.8) in nine contests. Was dismissed from team for a violation of team rules and protocol in November. Is the school’s all-time leader with 1,695 kickoff-return yards.

Positives:

Compact and well-defined. Nice patience and vision to let holes develop. Good feet and lateral agility. Flashes a stiff-arm. Will get in the way and throw a shoulder block. Was not used heavily in college and has tread remaining. Has a 36-inch vertical jump. Gained 6.0 yards per carry. Has kickoff-return experience. 

Negatives:

Runs too tall and is a bit straight-linish. Average initial quickness and burst through the hole. Lacks elite, top-end speed. Average power and elusiveness. Carries the ball loosely. Stability needs to be looked into.

Summary:

Upright, monotone, zone runner from a “pistol” system who could compete for a roster spot, but lacks any exceptional athletic traits and will have to show special-teams ability. 



Mike Ball's Draft Stock

PFW Grade Scale
GradeRound
7.01-9.00Top 10
6.01-7.001
6.001-2
5.61-5.992
5.602-3
5.41-5.593
5.403-4
5.31-5.394
5.304-5
5.21-5.295
5.205-6
5.16-5.196
5.156-7
5.11-5.147
5.107-PFA
4.75-5.09PFA
4.00-4.74FA

*PFW Grade indicates the value PFW assigned to prospects.

*Draft Projection indicates where players are more likely to be drafted and reflects the consensus opinion from the NFL scouting community.


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