Is Montee Ball now underrated?

February, 19, 2013
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Wisconsin's Montee Ball proved everything he could in college, returning for his senior year to break the all-time FBS record for career touchdowns after tying the mark for most touchdowns in a season in 2011.

Little of that matters now, as Ball must impress pro scouts before the NFL draft in April. And those scouts are already finding holes in his game, Ball tells colleague Pat Yasinskas:
“They say I’m not special," Ball said Monday after a pre-combine workout at IMG Academy. “They say I’m not especially fast. They say I’m not especially big. Well, fine, I’ll take that as a compliment. They’re not tearing me apart. They’re just saying that I don’t do one thing special. So what? If you’re pretty good all the way around, then you can be a very good running back."

At 5-11 and 212 pounds, Ball is too small to be the traditional power back and too big to be a pure speed back. But, if you want to stereotype him, Ball has a couple of suggestions.

“Curtis Martin and Terrell Davis,’’ Ball said. “People said the same thing about them. They didn’t do anything special. Well, they both ended up having pretty good careers.’’

Yasinskas writes that Ball's ability to catch passes out of the backfield could set him apart. And he suggests that the Atlanta Falcons could use a running back just like him.

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