Wisconsin Football: 4 NFL Teams That Would Be a Perfect Fit for Montee Ball
Montee Ball is one of the most accomplished running backs to enter the NFL Draft in recent years. The Badger star has scored more touchdowns than all but one person in NCAA history, has led the NCAA in rushing and was a finalist for the 2011 Heisman trophy.
On the field, Ball has impressive vision and runs with excellent balance and pad level. Additionally, Ball hits the hole hard and has no problem gaining yards after contact. The Badger star might not be the fastest back, but he has the necessary speed to reel off long runs.
Here's a look at four teams that would be ideal fits in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Green Bay Packers
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The Green Bay Packers are a perfect fit for Wisconsin star Montee Ball. The Packers desperately need an every-down back that can balance their offense while also draining the clock. Alex Green and James Starks have been mediocre at best, and the Packers offense has been forced to rely primarily on the pass.
Ball is a three-down back who can run between the tackles and also serve as a threat out of the backfield. The Badger star has no problems running through contact, and Ball would provide a power element to the Packers' rushing attack.
Simply put, with Ball in the mix, Aaron Rodgers becomes unstoppable.
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The Atlanta Falcons are in a similar position as the Green Bay Packers, with an elite quarterback, dominant passing attack and a very good offensive line. However, they also need an improvement at running back. Michael Turner is clearly over the hill, and Jacquizz Rodgers is not suited to be an every-down back.
Adding the Badger star to their backfield would allow the Falcons to phase out Turner and immediately improve one of the worst rushing attacks in the NFL.
Ball would finally give Atlanta their running back of the future.
New York Jets
The Jets need help all over the field, but their running back situation is in dire straits. Shonn Greene and Joe McKnight have proven to be busts, as both have struggled with injuries and have been wildly inconsistent.
The Jets want to be a power-rushing team, but simply do not have the backs to be effective. There's a reason New York is averaging 3.8 yards per attempt and have scored only five rushing touchdowns on the season.
Montee Ball would be an immediate improvement in the Jets' backfield and would instantly take pressure off whichever quarterback is starting in 2013. Ball has better speed than Shonn Greene and is a much more powerful runner than Joe McKnight. He also has greater vision than both players and is a far more fluid runner.
Drafting Montee Ball would finally give the Jets an identity on offense.
The Bengals just signed BenJarvus Green-Ellis in the 2012 offseason, but the deal is already looking like a mistake. The "Law Firm" has struggled with fumbles and is averaging only 3.4 yards per attempt. Cincinnati only has five rushing touchdowns on the season, and an improvement at running back is necessary if the Bengals are going to become a playoff team in 2013.
Montee Ball immediately improves the depth in the Bengals' backfield, and he is a much more competent receiver than BenJarvus Green-Ellis. Additionally, Ball has superior vision to "Law Firm" and will have no problem averaging at least four yards per attempt.
The Cincinnati Bengals need Montee Ball to take the next step to challenge for the AFC North crown.
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Montee Ball will be arguably the best running back in the 2013 NFL Draft, combining an impressive blend of speed, power and vision.
The Badgers star has already been predicted as a first-round pick, and the Packers, Falcons, Jets and Bengals should all consider him as their running back of the future.