Draft Capsule: RB Montee Ball

Draft Capsule: RB Montee Ball
March 8, 2013, 6:00 pm
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Jake Flannigan

Montee Ball (RB), Wisconsin

5-10| 214 lbs.

2012 Stats:

356 carries, 1,830 yards, 22 TD

Projection:

3rd-4th Round

Strengths:

Ball’s durability and willingness to trust his blockers as the play develops make him an even better player than his raw athletic ability would initially suggest. He takes what is available and possesses a decisive one-cut mentality that is never over-exaggerated and almost always effective. Productive back that racked up 73 rushing touchdowns in his final three seasons at Wisconsin. Safe to say he has a nose for the end zone.

Weaknesses:

Lacks elite breakaway speed and explosiveness in the open field. As productive as Ball was on the ground in college, his pass-catching skills out of the backfield seemed to disappear in his final season with the Badgers. 

Fit for the Bears:

Matt Forte and Michael Bush provide the Bears with a pretty solid one-two punch, but if Ball somehow slips in the draft he may be too good to pass up. The running back position is one of the most demanding in the NFL, and it has been proven in Chicago over the past few years that you can never have enough quality depth at the position. Ball is probably not a guy the Bears are laser-focused on heading into the draft, but his production in college is impossible to go unnoticed as each round passes.