Kentwan Balmer Scouting Report

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Kentwan Balmer Scouting Report

Position: DT
Conference: ACC
School: North Carolina Tar Heels
Year/Status: Drafted
Jersey Number: #90
Height & Weight: 6'5 - 295 lbs.
Drafted 1.29 in 2008 by SF

2008 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:

Kentwan Balmer, DT, North Carolina

Kentwan Balmer was a late bloomer, but he sure showed his immense potential during his senior year at North Carolina when he recorded 59 tackles (9.5 for a loss) and 3.5 sacks. Balmer has decent size at 6-5 and 295 pounds, but he can be labeled as a tweener at the next level. He could be an end in a 3-4 defense or a tackle in a 4-3. He'd need to bulk up a bit to play tackle, but he has a big frame and plenty of room to add some weight. Prior to his senior season, many wondered if Balmer would live up to his potential. Now it becomes a question of whether or not he can keep up that level of play and adapt to the NFL. In order to do so, he will need to show that he can consistently keep his motor running and go strong play after play. He is extremely strong and athletic and has enough quickness to hold his own when pursuing the ball carrier. Balmer will be labeled by many as a boom or bust type player. His potential is through the roof, but nobody is quite sure if he can keep it all together enough to be an effective player in the NFL. His great physical tools and high ceiling will make him a borderline first round pick. 2/28 Update: Kentwan Balmer's 40 time at the Combine was a little higher than expected. He showed off some great strength though and that should be enough to make him an early second round selection. Balmer can still fit into a 4-3 scheme as a tackle or a 3-4 as an end and right now he is trying to show teams that he has the tools to do both. 4/4 Update: Kentwan Balmer proved that he is a first round selection in the NFL Draft during his exclusive Pro Day with fellow former Tar Heel Durrell Mapp. More impressive than his numbers might be the fact that Balmer is starting to really look and feel like an NFL player. His body is leaner and stronger and that has really increased his agility on the field and it showed during the April Pro Day. Balmer has been doing everything possible to prove that he can reach his full potential and a team cannot ask for much more than great physical tools and the willingness to improve to go with it.

Last Updated Apr-04-2008 by Joel Welser

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