Friday, April 26, 2013
Ball gives Denver another dimension
By Bill Williamson
For the long-term, the Denver Broncos will have an intriguing backfield of Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman.
As expected, the Broncos added a running back early as they took Ball, a Wisconsin workhorse, with the No. 58 pick. Selecting Ball over Alabama running back Eddie Lacy was a mild surprise.
But the Broncos like the way Ball runs, his durability, and the way he can catch the ball out of the backfield.
I expect him to get a chance to get some primary carries this year as the Broncos move away from older, injury-prone players Willis McGahee and Knowshon Moreno. Those players will have a role, but Ball will get this share of carries. Hillman is a third-down and change-of-pace back. He was taken in the third round last year.
There is some concern Ball will have a short career because he already has a lot of wear-and-tear. He has shown he is grinder and he appears ready to take the next step. Denver has a versatile, talented offense and Ball is an exciting, new piece.
In the third round, Denver added cornerback Kayvon Webster from South Florida. He adds youth to a position Denver wanted to address.