2018 NFL Draft

Lonnie Ballentine, FS

School: Memphis  |  Conference: AAC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Memphis, TN
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 219 lbs.
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05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Texans' picks: Round 7/256 - Lonnie Ballentine, S, 6-3, 215, Memphis...Mr. Irrelevant will have to make the team as a special teams player. The defense already has depth at safety. He's got good size and excellent 4.4 speed, but he's limited in coverage and doesn't play the run very well. Has natural talent but has to learn to become a player who can cover. - The Sports Xchange

05/07/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft: 126 FBS programs, 126 possible UDFAs: MEMPHIS: FS Lonnie Ballentine (6-3, 219, 4.42)...Not only does he look the part, but Ballentine backed up his film work with an outstanding pro day, producing a 4.39 40-yard dash, 38-inch vertical leap and 18 reps on the bench. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

09/06/2013 - Scouting the Memphis pass defense: The Memphis secondary could be much improved this season after giving up 25 touchdown passes in 2012. Senior free safety Lonnie Ballentine is back with NFL talent and size at 6 foot 3 and 215 pounds, and junior Bobby McCain could emerge as a shutdown corner after starting 23 games in his first two seasons, including all 12 last season as a sophomore. - The Sports Xchange

08/12/2013 - TOP MEMPHIS PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 2. S Lonnie Balentine (6-2, 215, 4.65)...Balentine is coming off a successful junior season in which he established himself as one of the defense's key members, and statistically outperformed his previous two seasons combined, with 66 tackles, five pass deflections and three interceptions. Possessing a long, athletic-looking frame, Balentine exhibits better-than-average quickness for his size when redirecting, can stop and start with receivers when shadowing routes, and takes good angles to the football as a run defender. As a tackler he seems to lack aggression at times, and will elect to strike high rather than wrap low on his target. When transitioning from a backpedal, he lacks fluidity and hip quickness, and will chop steps and lose momentum, thus limiting his deep range.

Balentine appears to be at his best when reading and reacting to plays in front of him, and displays good awareness and anticipation in one-on-one coverage. Size-wise, Balentine looks the part of the ideal NFL safety as teams trend toward bigger, more physical athletes at the position who can provide a linebacker-like presence in the box, but match up better with their quickness in spread-out, multi-receiver sets. In order to earn a selection in next year's draft however, he'll need to show better fundamental tackling as well as build upon the improvements he made last year in coverage, demonstrating better awareness and overall range. - Derek Stephens, NFLDraftScout.com