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Montee Ball is one of the most accomplished running backs in FBS history.
Montee Ball has a chip on his shoulder. He’s not being given any respect by the draft experts and NFL scouts.
Ball had 83 touchdowns in his college career, an FBS record. He rushed for over 1,800 yards in each of the last two seasons.
Yet, he’s projected to be a middle-round pick. With those statistics, he should be up there with the top running backs in the class.
He has seemed to improve each year and is a downhill runner, attacking and using his strong upper body to shed tackles.
He has a knack for the end zone and would excel in a zone running scheme.
His stiff arm can leave defenders on their backs, and he has the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield.
Nobody is questioning what he accomplished at Wisconsin, but his 5’11”, 215-pound frame leaves him in an awkward area where he is too small to be the feature back and too big to be a speed back, according to ESPN's Pat Yasinskas.
According to Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Mike Mayock of NFL Network had this to say about Ball:
He showed toughness, balance, vision. He's a one-cut, north-south runner. I think he fits most of the offenses in the NFL. I see him as a late two (second round) to early three (third round).
Scouts are concerned about the amount of games he’s piled up and the wear and tear on his legs.
This draft isn’t deep at running back, and if Ball can show scouts he can be a complement to their feature back, they shouldn’t hesitate to make the pick.
He needs to have a good 40-yard dash time and a good 20-yard shuttle. If that happens, I see him getting drafted on the first day.