Garrett Ballard

Ranking Justin Herbert Among Senior Bowl Quarterbacks

Recently, big news was released that Oregon quarterback, Justin Herbert, will be attending the Reese's Senior Bowl. Playing a position like quarterback, top-tier players at the position typically leave for the NFL as juniors and we don’t get to see how they perform at all-star games like the Senior Bowl. However, this year is different. Joe Burrow, Justin Herbert, Jordan Love, and Jalen Hurts are all eligible for the Senior Bowl. Now that Hebert has said he will be going to the game, we have three top quarterback prospects attending the game. After returning for his senior year, Herbert was aiming...

Ranking Jalen Hurts Among the Senior Bowl Quarterbacks

Now that Jalen Hurts has announced he will be attending the Reese's Senior Bowl, it’s time to review his tape and rank him among the other quarterbacks. Jalen Hurts has had one of the most interesting journeys of any prospect in this year’s draft. Starting out at Alabama, Jalen Hurts made national headlines as he led the Crimson Tide to a national championship against the Georgia Bulldogs. However, after struggling in the first half, Hurts was benched in favor of true freshman, Tua Tagovailoa. After becoming the backup for the whole next year, he made the decision to transfer to Oklahoma....

Ranking the Senior Bowl Quarterbacks

The Reese's Senior Bowl is one of the biggest events during the months that leads up to the draft. Each year, top seniors across the country gather in Mobile, Alabama, to display their skills to NFL scouts, coaches and general managers. With the rosters recently announced, here's a look at the senior bowl quarterbacks. As a draft analyst, I must rank everything. Today, I’ll be going through the quarterbacks currently on the roster and looking at what they do well, what they could improve on and giving them projection. Currently there are four QB’s on the Senior Bowl roster: Anthony Gordon...

Derrick Brown: A Top-5 Player in the 2020 NFL Draft

Last year, we were fortunate to have fantastic interior defensive linemen like Quinnen Williams, Jeffery Simmons, and Ed Oliver enter the draft. Derrick Brown was expected to declare for last year's NFL Draft, but he decided to return to Auburn for his senior year, and it made all the difference. In 2018, Brown was a good player, but there were things he needed to improve on; for example, his pad level would far too often get too high and he would lose leverage and it would allow him to get overpowered. However, in 2019, Brown has refined his game...

Ballard’s November Top Five Wide Receivers

Like the running back class, the top five of the wide receivers class is full of talent that will immediately produce in the NFL. We haven’t had a wide receiver class like in a long time, and now that we do, there will be many conversations had about who the best receiver is in this class. All I can do now is show you my November top 5, so let’s get into it. *Disclaimer*: I am ranking these players based off talent, injuries and other red flags will be factored into my final grade, but for now I am not...

Ballard’s November Top Five Running Backs

The running back position is stacked this year. The talent at the top is phenomenal and people will have differing opinions on the class until the draft is over. With big names from big schools, people all over the country know the names of the top five running backs, so let’s look at what makes them so special. *Disclaimer*: I am ranking these players based off talent, injuries and other red flags will be factored into my final grade, but for now I am not taking them into account. Be sure to follow NFL Draft Lounge for more coverage on the...

Ballard’s November 2020 Top Five Quarterbacks

The quarterback position is the most important position on a football team, there’s no debating this. Each year, teams are itching to find that quarterback that will take their team to the next level. There are some very talented quarterbacks who are eligible for the draft this year, and before the season ends, I’m going to give my 2020 Top Five Quarterbacks. *Disclaimer*: I am ranking these players based off talent, injuries and other red flags will be factored into my final grade, but for now I am not taking them into account. Be sure to follow NFL Draft Lounge for more...

2020 NFL Draft: The Year Of The Playmaker

Each year, folks in the draft community tend to gravitate towards offensive players that can make the big play. The positions of wide receiver and running back are two of those positions. One year, there might be an incredible running back class but a wide receiver class lacking talent, and vice versa. We don’t often get the privilege of seeing a year loaded with this much talent. However, this year isn’t like other. With stars at the top and good players throughout, there is no shortage of playmakers in the 2020 NFL Draft. If you are a fan of...

LSU Vs Alabama: The Most Important Game of the Year

This Saturday, Alabama and LSU face-off in the most highly anticipated regular season matchup in recent memory. Even though this game happens every year, there hasn’t been a game with as many draft implications. Both teams have heaps of talent on both sides of the ball that will be lining up against each other this weekend. From quarterback, to offensive line, to safety, each team has at least one top prospect at just about each position on the field. Be sure to follow NFL Draft Lounge for more coverage on the 2020 NFL Draft. As always, you can find us on...

Garrett Ballard’s NFL Mock Draft 1.0

You've heard of mock draft Monday, but what about mock draft Friday? For at least my first mock draft of the year, it'll be a mock draft Friday. The draft order is based off team's current records, although it hasn't been updated from the Thursday night game due to the rest not having been played. Let's get to the picks. 1. Cincinnati Bengals – Joe Burrow, QB, LSU There hasn't been one player improve as much as Joe Burrow. Last year if someone told me that Burrow would be worthy of a #1 overall pick I would've laughed, but it's not...

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