Originally posted on Fox Sports Wisconsin  |  Last updated 3/6/13
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 was back i...
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