Street Talk A Hawkeye sets his sights on Baltimore

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OWINGS MILLS — Iowa defensive lineman Christian Ballard visited the Baltimore Ravens. The 6-foot-4, 286-pounder is coming off a strong Pro Day campus workout where he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.7 seconds and registered a 34-inch vertical leap and a 9-7 broad jump.

He also turned in a 4.56 short shuttle and a 7.23 in the three-cone drill.

Ballard excelled at the Senior Bowl, dominating pass rush drills. He’s regarded as a late first-round pick or second-round draft target.

An honorable-mention All-Big Ten selection, Ballard started every game at either tackle or end and 39 consecutive games over the past three seasons. As a junior, he finished with 5 1/2 sacks and 54 tackles. As a sophomore, Ballard had 40 tackles.


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Aaron Wilson

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Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post as well as the Baltimore Ravens for The Carroll County Times and He has previously covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans and has covered the NFL since 1997.  He has won several regional writing awards, including, most recently, Best Sports News Story for the state of Maryland in voting conducted by the Associated Press managing editors. 

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