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Denver Broncos, second round, 26th pick (58th overall)
Another Badger who was affected by his NFL combine performance, Montee Ball ran one of the slower 40 times among running backs. He vastly improved that time at Wisconsin's pro day, but it was pretty evident Ball wouldn't be the first tailback off the board.
After no running backs were selected in the first round, five were taken in the second, including Ball, who was the third tailback to be drafted—before Eddie Lacy, which raised some eyebrows.
The 31-year-old Willis McGahee is on the decline, and Knowshon Moreno has been riddled by injuries during his four years in Denver. Neither is exactly an enticing option for the Broncos next season, which leaves the door open for Montee Ball.
With Peyton Manning under center, Denver has a pass-happy offense, so there isn't too much pressure on Ball to make a huge impact immediately, especially with the addition of Wes Welker. The Broncos' elite passing game should only help Ball, who can catch the ball pretty well out of the backfield himself.
This ability should aid Ball right off the bat and help him get on the field in third-down passing situations at the very least. As McGahee falls out of favor, that's when Ball can take the next step forward and become an every-down back.
He has the talent and ability, but there's a concern about the wear and tear on Ball's tires, which could ultimately result in him burning out relatively quickly.