Brandt: Montee Ball should play major role in Denver’s 2013 success

Tyrann Mathieu, Montee Ball among top rookies beyond Round 1

Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning will love Ball because of his ability as a runner and a pass-catcher. He’s a good blocking back who is a tough runner with good hands—and he does not fumble. Ball is smart, has a good work ethic and is a very good person. Denver is known for using the play-action pass; I don’t think Ball will see eight men in the box very often. I think if Ball had been with the Broncos last season, they might not have lost to the Baltimore Ravens in the playoffs—they missed out on about seven first downs, and Ball’s the kind of guy who will get you a first down when you need one.

We've linked previously to praise from Dan Schneier and Mike Tanier for the selection of Ball. Here's another good read, which we had shared in December - a scouting report from Bucky Brooks, who sees in Ball an impactful NFL runner.

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