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MADISON, Wis. Four NFL scouts huddled in the front row of metal bleachers, attentively staring down the field with a stopwatch in their hands and a notepad and pen in their laps Wednesday afternoon. The fate of players' professional football careers rested in those digital numbers quickly converted to paper.
The men, decked in polo shirts and hats representing the Baltimore Ravens, New York Giants, Houston Texans and New Orleans Saints, were waiting to see if Montee Ball could shave a tenth or two off his 40-yard dash time as if a faster finish than his NFL Combine performance would somehow make him a better running back.
Ball took off and sped past the bleachers, giving them exactly what they were looking for during his pro day. He registered a 4.46 and a 4.49 on two runs, down from his time of 4.66 seconds 10 days earlier at the Combine. The scouts glanced at each other's stopwatches and marked down the times approvingly. Two-tenths of a second improvement, and Ball wa...
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Focused on nothing but the 40-yard dash and resting his body, former Wisconsin tailback Montee Ball shaves two tenths of a second off his 40-yard dash time at Wednesday's UW pro timing day, putting him in prime position for April's NFL draft.
MADISON, Wis. Montee Ball posted loads of spectacular numbers during his career as a running back at Wisconsin. He finished second in school history with 5,140 rushing yards and tops in NCAA history with 83 total touchdowns. No one needed a stopwatch to recognize his tremendous talent.
Yet the number that stood out most when Ball arrived for Wednesday's pro timing day inside...
Running back Montee Ball was clocked in the 40-yard dash at 4.46 seconds, a big improvement over his combine time, at Wisconsin's pro day.
The two-time All-American and NCAA's career touchdown leader ran a disappointing 4.66 last month at the NFL combine in Indianapolis.
''I knew I was capable of getting under a 4.5,'' Ball said. ''So I'm pretty...
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The Wisconsin Badgers held their annual Pro Day on Wednesday and in attendance was the architect of the Green Bay Packers potent offense.
Packers General Manager, Ted Thompson, made the short drive to Madison to take a look at a small group of Badgers prospects who have high hopes of being drafted in the upcoming 2013 NFL Draft.
Wisconsin’s most notable prospect is Montee Ball...
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