'Tis the season. Mock drafts, rumors, visits and Pro Days abound around this time of year where the NFL Draft is just around the corner. Free Agency isn't the only subject that gets talked about during the month of March, as many of the nation's top prospects hold workouts at their Pro Days. One of the most high-profile prospects, Wisconsin's Montee Ball, had his Pro Day on Wednesday.
In case you don't remember, Ball had a subpar performance at the Combine a couple of weeks ago--particularly in the 40-yard dash. Most of those who follow college football wouldn't tab Ball as a speedy guy, but when he clocked in a 4.66 in the drill, it disappointed many. Still, Ball was confident in his abilities and proclaimed himself "a three-down back" and he definitely has the college tape to back up that notion.
On Wednesday, the University of Wisconsin had their Pro Day for their impending draftees which included Ball. Many scouts were curious to see if Ball would improve off of that unimpressive time from a couple of weeks ago and he did. In his two tries, Ball knocked off almost two-tenths of a second off of his Combine time with efforts clocked in a 4.49 and 4.51. Aside from those times, Ball did well in other workouts and NFL.com's Gil Brandt said that Ball "looked very good in his workout and could be the second running back off of the board".
It's an impressive improvement on one of the biggest knocks that comes with Ball and it's likely that it significantly helped hiss draft stock. It's unclear which guy Ball really is, in terms of speed. It's a safe bet that he's somewhere in the middle of the 4.49 and 4.66 time, which is still pretty decent--especially considering the production that comes with him.
Brandt also noted that representatives from 28 of the 32 NFL teams attended the Wisconsin Pro Day, though we haven't heard who the four were that did not attend.