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2.26 Denver Broncos Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin (5-10, 214)
The Denver Broncos selected standout Wisconsin running back Montee Ball in the second round of the 2013 NFL draft. He was one of the most productive runners in NCAA history and came away number one in total touchdowns.
The problem in Denver the past couple of seasons has been consistency at the RB position. It seems like anyone that has started, has fared well. Willis McGahee can still be very good but his injuries leave doubts about whether he can play a full season at his age. Knowshon Moreno had been a relative bust since joining the Broncos, till he showed some life in 2012 after McGahee was lost for the season. Then Moreno got hurt again, something Broncos fans are all too familiar with.
Enter Montee, who should start camp as the favorite to win the starting job. Not that he’s better than Willis at this point, but something tells us, McGahee isn’t on the team come June 1st. I believe Denver will roll with Ball, Moreno and second-year player, Ronnie Hillman out of the backfield to start the year. Moreno should be back on the cheap and could be fighting for an opportunity elsewhere after the season. Hillman, while a nice back in his own right, is not the every-down runner that the Broncos are looking for. He will serve as the change-of-pace.
Ball is the type of runner that doesn’t shy away from contact and is an adequate pass blocker. He should fit in well with Manning from the start. Manning will also appreciate his talents catching the ball. While at Wisconsin, Ball didn’t get many opportunities to do so, he is an underrated receiver.
Ball has the chance to be a productive fantasy player from day one and should be on your radar heading into drafts. The question is where to rank him? For that, check out our RB Rankings!