Montee Ball shredded defenses in college, but there are an abundance of pundits who don't think his success will translate to the NFL.
Ball posted numbers that you rarely see in video games with Wisconsin, but he still fell to the end of the second round in the 2013 NFL draft. Denver needed a running back, and it locked up a good one in Ball.
The Broncos are hoping that Ball can be the next Terrell Davis, but a lot of people don't think that's going to happen. Ball doesn't exactly turn heads with his athleticism, though he makes up for it with great vision. In addition, his size is very similar to Frank Gore and Ray Rice.
So far, Ball has done well. The back who accumulated 39 total touchdowns and posted an average of 6.3 yards per carry (YPC) in 2011, is spending extra time working with quarterback Peyton Manning, according to Mile High Report.
Manning talked about how Ball will be a contributor this year, and that's definitely likely.
Knowshon Moreno and Ronnie Hillman are going to be Ball's main competitors for the job, but Ball has a great shot. Hillman struggled last year and Moreno has been plagued by injuries. If Ball continues to get reps and turn heads, he'll likely start in Week 1. And if he does get the start, he likely won't look back.
Ball has proven that he can take on a heavy workload. He carried the ball 356 times in 2012, which is an average of more than 25 carries per game.
Concerns about his ability to hold up over time have come up due to his heavy workload, but Ball won't need to carry the ball too many times with Denver's lethal aerial attack. He'll be able to handle the starting job, though.
In addition to a great passing game, Denver has a stellar offensive line, and it will open holes for Ball. Once Ball locates a hole, he bursts right through it. Ball can make plays in the open field, and he'll be in the open field a lot.
Ball can also make an impact in the passing game. He caught 24 passes for 306 yards and six touchdowns in 2012, and he's likely to catch some short passes from Manning.
The former Wisconsin prodigy is going to help the Broncos in multiple facets of the game, and he'll be a key contributor all year. Look for Ball to surprise people, burst through holes and make the Broncos offense even better than it already is.