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From Badger to Bronco

Posted Apr 26, 2013

With the 58th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Broncos selected Wisconsin RB Montee Ball.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- In the first round, the Broncos took a playmaker in the middle of the defensive line.

In round two, they added a big-time weapon for the offense.

With the 58th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Broncos selected Wisconsin running back Montee Ball.

"Good size back who had tremendous production in college," Executive Vice President of Football Operations John Elway tweeted. "Will add great dimension to run game."

One of the most productive running backs in college football history, Ball racked up 5,140 rushing yards and 77 rushing touchdowns -- along with six receiving scores -- in his career.

No one in NCAA history has scored more touchdowns in a career, and 55 of those rushing scores came in the last two seasons.

"I’m extremely consistent," Ball said at the NFL Scouting Combine. "You can count on me when I have the ball in my hands — 924 carries, only two fumbles. So I do a great job of protecting the football. I score touchdowns. You can count on me to make the play and be there for you."

The 5-foot-10, 214-pound back ran a 4.66 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine in addition to 15 bench press repetitions.

"I try to model my game after Terrell Davis," Ball said. "He’s my idol."

The 2012 Doak Walker Award winner was a consensus first-team All-Big Ten player and a first-team All-American as a senior.

He was a Heisman Trophy finalist as a junior, when he tied Barry Sanders' single-season touchdown record and led the country with 1,923 rushing yards.

“Montee is a productive player with excellent feet and vision," Head Coach John Fox said. "We view him as a three-down back that will be a great fit for our team. He has top-flight character and we’re pleased to add him to the Broncos.”

He capped his career as the first player in history to rush for 100 yards in three consecutive Rose Bowl games.

"I know that I can help a team win," Ball said. "That’s what I truly believe in. My film shows that."

He joins a crowded running back room that already features Willis McGahee, Ronnie Hillman, Knowshon Moreno, Lance Ball, Jacob Hester, Jeremiah Johnson and Mario Fannin.

But Ball believes he has what it takes to succeed at a high level in the NFL.

"I’m immensely prepared for this, physically as well," he said. "I understand now the level of competition that I’m putting myself into and really looking forward to it."