In order to familiarize fans with some of the top names in the 2013 NFL Draft, Chargers.com will be highlighting a different prospect each weekday leading up to the first day of the draft on April 25th.
We conclude the series with a scouting report of Wisconsin running back Montee Ball.
Name: Montee Ball
Weight: 214 LBS
Position: Running Back
Wisconsin running back Montee Ball didn’t just have one of the greatest careers for a running back in college football history; he had one of the greatest careers for any player period.
The 5-foot-10, 214-pound wrecking ball of a runner is the all-time collegiate leader in touchdowns, amassing 77 during his four-year career. The Badger’s best season came in 2011 as a junior when he was a Heisman Trophy finalist after tying Barry Sanders' record for most touchdowns in a single season with 39 in addition to 1,923 rushing yards. As a senior, he carried the ball 356 times for 1,850 yards and 22 touchdowns, earning first-team All-American honors as well as the Doak Walker trophy awarded to the nation’s best running back.
Ball is a reliable and fearless runner who plays each and every snap like it’s his last. A true three-down back, he has an innate feel for where the hole is and hits it hard. He excels at setting up his blockers to create lanes and seems to get better as the game goes along. Ball is both a power runner and a shifty back who can beat defenders in a number of different ways. His strengths also include catching the ball out of the backfield and ball security, losing only two fumbles in 983 career touches.
That being said, Ball does have some negatives. He lacks that extra gear for breakaway speed and often gets tracked down by speedy defenders. Some teams may also be wary of selecting a running back who acquired a lot of wear and tear over four physical seasons at Wisconsin. Still, Ball is considered one of the most productive players in the draft and most likely will make an immediate impact in the NFL.
40-yard Dash: 4.66
Bench Press: 15
Vertical Jump: 32.0 inches
Broad Jump: 118.0 inches
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