Green Bay Packers NFL Draft prospect profile: RB Montee Ball
Hometown: Wentzville, MO
-40-yard dash: 4.66 seconds
-Bench press: 15 reps
-Vertical jump: 32”
-Broad Jump: 118”
-3-cone drill: 6.88 seconds
-20-yard shuttle: 4.40 seconds
News and Notes: Highly recruited out of high school after racking up over 5000 yards and scoring 71 times in his final two years. Owns the NCAA career record for touchdowns, tied Barry Sanders during the 2011 season for the single season mark with 39 and was a Heisman finalist. Spent first two seasons at Wisconsin as a backup and ran for over 1300 yards in a “running back by committee” approach.
Ball stunned many by choosing to come back to Wisconsin for his senior year instead of entering the NFL draft in 2012. He was assaulted on campus early in the season which resulted in a concussion. Finished his career at Wisconsin with 5,140 rushing yards and 77 touchdowns. Ran a 4.46 40-yard dash at his pro day, which is about two-tenths quicker than his time at the scouting combine.
What they’re saying about him:
NFL.com: “Reliable, hard-working zone back. Presses the line of scrimmage, and generally has good vision and feel to find the cutback lane or cut away from penetrating defenders. Smaller back with a lot of wear on his tires. Possesses average overall size and straight-line speed. One speed runner who another gear to accelerate once in space, and doesn’t have elite agility to elude quicker defenders.”