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Jason Ball

C | (0-0, 301) | New Hampshire
By Pro Football Weekly

Notes: Redshirted in 1997. Ended the '98 season as the team's best center and has started since. Second-team All-Atlantic 10 pick in 2000. First-team All-Atlantic 10 and first-team All-New England in '01. Also third-team Division 1-AA All-American.

Positives: A tough, feisty and very aggressive player who seems to have some Conrad Dobler in him. Has game smarts and good vision. Gets into his blocks quickly. Has adequate-plus feet for center. Works to finish his blocks. Seems to be aware and will help out. May be able to long snap.

Negatives: Not only works to finish blocks, but he works overtime, and that could lead to some flags for hitting after the whistle. Will struggle to sustain his blocks unless he bends his knees and plays with leverage. Unfortunately, he tends to bend at the waist. Has short arms, which could hurt him on pass protection. As a waist-bender, he has a tendency to overextend at times, which really hurts his balance. Has not really done a lot of work in the weightroom, and it shows. Has a lot more baby fat than muscle and seems to lack both strength and playing strength at times. Likes to play but does not like to work out and do the off-the-field extras.

Summary: Could have a chance if he improves his deep-snapping to an NFL level and really goes to work in the weight room and dedicates himself to getting stronger, leaner and more flexible.

* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.