Montee Ball, RB

School: Wisconsin  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Wentzville, MO
Height/Weight: 5-11 / 214 lbs.
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Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.592.591.6115 329'10"4.406.88
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
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STRENGTHS: Does a nice job finding the run lanes and attacking the line of scrimmage with good quickness in tight areas, showing the speed to get around the edge. He has good balance and deceiving run power to slip out of tackles, rarely going down easily. Sharp change-of-direction ability to quickly redirect his momentum and the footwork to sidestep defenders, bursting upfield. Determined and runs with purpose, but also stays patient, following and allowing blocks to develop.

WEAKNESSES: Enters the NFL with a staggering 983 touches in college, raising concerns about how much tread is left on his tires. After 24 receptions and six touchdowns as a receiver in 2011, those numbers dipped to 10 and zero as a senior.

Player Overview

A Missouri-native, Ball was a three star running back recruit out of high school, choosing Wisconsin over Missouri, Kansas and Northwestern.

He was a back-up his first two seasons in Madison, combining for 1,387 rushing yards as part of a running back committee approach.

Showing up in much better physical shape as a junior, Ball became the full-time starter (14 starts) and finished with 1,923 yards and 39 total scores, scoring at least two touchdowns in 13 games last year (NCAA record). He set numerous conference and school records and was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy, earning First Team All-Big Ten and All-American honors.

While the offensive line didn't create the same gaping holes, Ball still averaged 5.1 yards per carry as a senior. He certainly has a nose for the end zone, tying Barry Sanders' NCAA record with 39 touchdowns as a junior and then breaking the NCAA career mark with 22 more last season.

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03/07/2013 - 2013 Wisconsin Pro Day: Ball, who also ran the short shuttle drill in 4.11 seconds (down from the 4.40 number he mustered at the combine), long shuttle and positional drills, spent time chatting with a number of NFL scouts that made the trip to Madison. He even had an opportunity to talk with Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson, who actually encouraged Ball to run the long shuttle even though the former Badger standout had never previously ran it.

"He just talked to me about all the good stuff I've been doing on tape," Ball said. "He said I know how to play football and that I've been doing all the right things. He's very excited about me. He congratulated me on my career and said I did a good job. "He said I did a great job today and that I showed what I'm capable of doing."

Ball, as the NCAA's all-time leader in total touchdowns, obviously has an impressive highlight film. He is very confident in what he accomplished during his four seasons in Madison and hopes that film, combined with how he has performed both at the combine and UW's pro day, will help him realize his dream of being drafted into the NFL. Even if his name isn't called during the opening round. "I was actually talking to a lot of players about a week or two ago," Ball said. "In college you always want to say you go first round, but once you get here you just want to get drafted. I just hope I get drafted. "I would love to go first round, but honestly I just want to get drafted." - Tom Lea, ESPN Wisconsin

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