Washburn's Ballentine shines at NFL Combine
Washburn University defensive back Corey Ballentine is the first Ichabod to ever be invited to the NFL Combine, and he certainly made his mark in Indianapolis on Monday.
One of four Division II participants, Ballentine placed in the top 10 in four of his six drills, including a first place finish in the broad jump with a jump of 135 inches.
Ballentine was fifth best in the vertical jump (39.5 inches), sixth best in the 3-cone drill (6.82 seconds), ninth best in the 20-yard shuttle (4.14 seconds) and in bench press (15 reps), and 12th in the 40-yard dash (4.47 seconds).
"I actually feel like I belong here," Ballentine said. "I feel like I've always been able to compete with these guys, I just kind of took a different road."
Ballentine had a formal meeting with the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night, according to KCTV 5's Dani Welniak.
He said he would bring physicality to the Chiefs if the team were to draft him.
When asked how he would guard a guy "like Tyreek Hill," Ballentine laughed and said "I guess I'd just try to get hands on him at the line, try to knock him off his balance a little bit. Just try to stay in position."
"I've always felt like this is where I belong, it's just, now I'm getting a chance to prove it, and I'm definitely making the most of it."