Neiron Ball to the Oakland Raiders: Full Draft-Pick Breakdown

May 3, 2015   ·     ·   Jump to comments

When the No. 161 overall pick was announced in the 2015 NFL draft, it seemed like a horrible pick for the Oakland Raiders. However, when you dig a little deeper, there’s something intriguing about Neiron Ball out of Florida.
Statistics aren’t the entire picture with this particular prospect. Ball’s college resume doesn’t strike you as a player ready to make big contributions in the NFL. However, when assessing his unique attributes—speed, strength, toughness and versatility—there’s a slight chance he makes the 53-man roster for the 2015 season. 
Versatility is a term thrown around very often when describing a player. What the term really means on the NFL level is the ability to flex into different positions and excel in different areas on the field. Ball hasn’t done that on the college level, but he could be a rotational player on the defensive line.
He came into the draft as an outside linebacker, which is a crowded p...

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