SOTT Draft Profile : Montee Ball, Wisconsin
Patrick D. Starr
Montee Ball holds the NCAA Division I-FBS record for most career rushing touchdowns with 77 and the NCAA Division I-FBS record for most career total touchdowns with 83. Overall, he holds five NCAA football records. He is a force. He is not particularly fast, yet he is elusive. He also had a few key fumbles in a few pivotal games. We wanted more information on the rushing phenom so we turned to Andrew Rosin.
Tale of the Tape
Class - Senior
Height - 5' 11"
Weight - 210 lbs
40 time - 4.60 (projected)
What path did Montee Ball take to get to Wisconsin?
Ball was on the border of being a three or four star running back out of Missouri. Wisconsin beat out Missouri, Stanford, Kansas, and Northwestern for his services. Nebraska had an interest, but they never made an offer. Ball was ranked between 30-50 on the positional rankings. He committed in June of 2008, and was generally solidly in the hold of the Badgers even when Missouri made a charge.
What did Ball mean to the Wisconsin program? Does he hold any records at Wisconsin? Any intangibles?
For the uninitiated? Montee Ball is one of the all-time great athletes in Wisconsin football history. He holds the NCAA record for most rushing touchdowns as well as the record for most touchdowns from scrimmage. There have been some all-time great runners in Badger history. Ball could very well be the greatest.
What are some strengths for Montee Ball as a player?
Montee Ball has great vision, and managed to drop weight in college and still maintain most of his strength. There were times this year when the offensive line struggled to do anything, and Ball would be able to turn a two-yard loss into something positive. He's also a solid pass blocker and, if the situation calls for it, Ball has good, if underutilized, hands.
What would you consider the weaknesses of Ball?
Ball isn't truly an elite athlete, more of a Matt Forte-ish one cut and go sort of runner. If he has a 40-time that comes close to 4.49, it will be surprising. He also has had roughly 1000 touches in his college career. You don't know how much of an effect this is going to be, but it's going to be in the back of teams minds.
What are the early NFL projections for Ball? How do you think he will do at the next level? Does he fit any particular schemes in your opinion?
Ball is going to be drafted somewhere between the second and third round. Some team that runs a zone blocking scheme is going to fall in love. With good health, Ball is going to find success on some level as a pro running back. He's not like a Ron Dayne who made his bones just trucking as many dudes as possible.