Originally Posted by underscore
I still think he ends up like any other Wisconsin RB in the NFL.
Ball's skill set doesn't match up too closely with recent Wisconsin backs so I don't really understand this statement.
Ron Dayne - simply put he was a big back who was an incredible college player but skills didn't translate to the NFL
Anthony Davis - he was never viewed as much of a pro prospect
Brian Calhoun - he had one unbelievable year in Madison and he is the closest thing to Ball on this list; he wasn't mature enough to handle being a professional, among many other things
PJ Hill - a bigger back, much like Dayne, and he was never viewed as much of a pro prospect
John Clay - he had better speed than some of the bigger backs but he just didn't dedicate himself to be as good as he could be and he wasn't the brightest kid either
While Wisconsin has had some very good college backs, it's not like these backs were highly touted or viewed as good prospects. Ball's abilities are not matched by anyone on this list and that's why he's a unique prospect for the school at a position where they've had a great deal of collegiate success.