Originally Posted by AsthmaField
You see Ball going in round 2? I've been figuring round 3 or later, but I certainly could be wrong.
Like you, I really think Taylor is going to be a solid, solid back.
I think Ball in the 2nd is reasonable because I think he can be an every down back in the NFL. I think he would be great value in the 3rd. There are a couple reasons I would love to see us draft him.
1. Before his Junior year, he took it upon himself to get in ridiculous shape in the off-season. Ball had great talent around him that season, but he was spectacular himself. 1923 Yards, 6.3 YPC, 33 TDs and ended up a Heisman finalist. He also showed a ton of ability catching the ball out of the backfield.
2. Last year during his senior campaign Ball faced a ton of pressure and adversity. He basically had to carry the Wisconsin offense. The quarterback play was horrible and the offensive line struggled with several new starters. Several assistant coaches had fled for better jobs which didn't make things any easier. Ball was attacked one night in Madison and didn't have any football contact before the first game of the season due to a concussion. He started the season slow, but ultimately persevered and finished the season very strong. (1830 Yds and 5.1 YPC with 22 Tds)
I think Ball is underrated because he isn't a spectacular athlete on paper. He isn't huge like Leveon Bell or super fast like Barner, but he is a fantastic all-around back. Ball has the ability to break tackles, has a nice stiff arm and enough speed to get to the edge. One thing Ball really has going for him is his vision which is really obvious in his highlights.
I am interested to see how he does in the combine. I don't expect him to run a blazing fast 40 so his stock could drop to the 3rd round.
I read Mel Kiper had him going to the Bengals in the first round a few weeks ago.