Former Wisconsin running back Montee Ball accomplished practically everything he could individually during his college football career. Heisman Trophy finalist. Doak Walker Award winner. All-time FBS touchdown leader.
Yet not even those spectacular accolades are enough to guarantee Ball a spot as a first round pick in April's NFL Draft. In fact, the consensus from pundits is Ball will likely be a second-round selection.
Why? At 5-foot-11 and 215 pounds, the knock on Ball is he isn't big enough to be a power running back, but he isn't quick enough to elude tacklers consistently as a speed back.
Ball will have his first opportunity post-college to prove people wrong this week, when he participates in the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. The event, a showcase for college football's top players entering the draft that starts Wednesday, features four former Badgers. Center Travis Frederick, left tackle Ricky Wagner and linebacker Mike Taylor also were invited to participate.