Broncos hope they have found their next starting RB in Montee Ball
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Broncos hope they have found their next starting RB in Montee Ball

One of the most productive running backs in NCAA history is now a Bronco. Denver selected Wisconsin's Montee Ball in the second round of the draft Friday. Ball ran for more than 5,000 yards in college and owns the record for career all-purpose touchdowns with 83. Ball's presence has big implications on Willis McGahee and Ronnie Hillman @MrHillman2U.

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I guess I should also mention Knowshon Moreno @knowshonmoreno, but most believe his time was already up in Denver. Ball is not a special athlete, but he can be a workhorse runner. He has good vision and power and should be seen as the Broncos' new lead back. With Ball around, it would feel kind of redundant if Denver kept Willis McGahee, a somewhat similar player. Hillman would remain a change-of-pace player, but it's clear that is all he will ever be on this team. I'm not a big fan of Ball, but he has a pretty good shot at being a starting running back early this year. That automatically makes him a third- or fourth-round pick in re-draft fantasy leagues. Ball should have plenty of room to run with opposing defenses much more concerned about Peyton Manning, Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, and Wes Welker.

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woud that make ball the first rookie runner off the board? i only see 2 of them as draft worthy anyways, with the other being bell

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jakebake91 05/01/13 08:08 PM

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