Corey Ballentine

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Corey Ballentine
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Ballentine with the Giants in 2020
No. 27 – New York Jets
Personal information
Born: (1996-04-13) April 13, 1996 (age 25)
Montego Bay, Jamaica
Height:5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight:196 lb (89 kg)
Career information
High school:Shawnee Heights (KS)
NFL Draft:2019 / Round: 6 / Pick: 180
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2020
Total tackles:46
Pass deflections:2
Forced fumbles:0
Fumble recoveries:0
Return yards:761
Player stats at · PFR

Corey Ballentine (born April 13, 1996) is a Jamaican professional American football cornerback and kick returner for the New York Jets of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the New York Giants in the sixth round of the 2019 NFL Draft. He played college football at Washburn, after graduating from high school in 2014 from Shawnee Heights High School.

College career[edit]

After playing at Shawnee Heights High School, Ballentine played college football at Division II Washburn, Ballantine played in 46 games after almost quitting the team in the summer before his freshman year.[1] He primarily played on defense but also served as the team's kick returner and blocked four field goals.[2] Ballentine won the Cliff Harris Award after the conclusion of his senior season, which is given annually to the nation's top small college defensive players. He was also named a 2018 second-team AFCA All-American.[3]

After his senior year, Ballentine was invited to the 2019 Senior Bowl, where he drew attention for his speed.[4] He also participated in the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine.[5]

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
5 ft 11 in
(1.80 m)
196 lb
(89 kg)
31+58 in
(0.80 m)
9+12 in
(0.24 m)
4.47 s 4.14 s 6.82 s 39.5 in
(1.00 m)
11 ft 3 in
(3.43 m)
15 reps
All values from NFL Combine[6]

New York Giants[edit]

Ballentine was selected by the New York Giants in the sixth round (180th overall) of the 2019 NFL Draft.[7][8]

On November 10, 2020, Ballentine was waived by the Giants.[9]

New York Jets[edit]

Ballentine was claimed off waivers by the New York Jets on November 11, 2020.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Ballentine was born in Montego Bay, Jamaica and moved to the United States at six years of age.[8] While at Shawnee Heights and Washburn, Ballentine ran track while playing football,[11] setting Ichabod records for various indoor and outdoor sprinting events.[12]

In the early morning hours of April 28, 2019, the Sunday following the 2019 NFL Draft, Ballentine was injured in a shooting in Topeka while he was attending an off-campus party. Ballentine's college roommate and defensive backfield teammate Dwane Simmons was killed in the shooting.[12]


  1. ^ Peterson, Rick. "Cliff Harris national honor continues awards harvest for Washburn's Corey Ballentine". Retrieved April 27, 2019.
  2. ^ Heath, Jon. "Broncos met with Washburn CB Corey Ballentine at Senior Bowl". Broncos Wire. Retrieved April 27, 2019.
  3. ^ "Washburn University's Corey Ballentine wins Cliff Harris Award". National Collegiate Athletics Association. Retrieved April 27, 2019.
  4. ^ Wilson, Ryan. "Senior Bowl 2019: Under-the-radar players who are improving draft stock with strong week in Mobile". CBS Sports. Retrieved April 27, 2019.
  5. ^ "Corey Ballentine, Washburn, Cornerback". Retrieved April 27, 2019.
  6. ^ "Corey Ballentine Combine Profile". Retrieved August 13, 2020.
  7. ^ Salomone, Dan (April 27, 2019). "Washburn CB Corey Ballentine drafted by Giants at No. 180".
  8. ^ a b Leonard, Pat. "Corey Ballentine goes from Jamaica to Division II to Giants draft pick". New York Daily News. Retrieved April 28, 2019.
  9. ^ Eisen, Michael (November 10, 2020). "Giants waive CB Corey Ballentine; Will Hernandez, Dante Pettis activated". Retrieved November 10, 2020.
  10. ^ Greenberg, Ethan (November 11, 2020). "Jets Claim CB Corey Ballentine". Retrieved November 11, 2020.
  11. ^ Petersen, Rick. "Ballentine time: Former Shawnee Heights, Washburn star projected to be NFL draft pick". Topeka Capital-Journal. Retrieved April 27, 2019.
  12. ^ a b Epstein, Jory. "New York Giants draft choice Corey Ballentine shot and injured, college teammate killed". USA Today. Retrieved April 28, 2019.

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