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Why Denver picked Ball over Lacy

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06:57 AM ET 05.27 | Of course, all but one team passed on Eddy Lacy, but that the Broncos took Montee Ball makes the question worth asking. The Broncos have been clear since they selected [Ball] in the third round of the NFL draft -- 58th overall -- that they liked his production at Wisconsin. They also like his potential to be an early-down runner and play in passing situations. ... The Broncos had scouted both backs heavily in the weeks leading up to the draft. And while Lacy is bigger -- 231 pounds compared to Ball's 214 -- and slightly faster than Ball, the bottom line is the Broncos had concerns about Lacy's health. Specifically, the Broncos were one of many teams concerned over surgery Lacy had to his right big toe before his final season at Alabama.

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Eddie Lacy, US Presswire Eddie Lacy, US Presswire
May 27, 2013  07:59 AM ET

Lacy is just another Moron from Bammy who won't make it in the NFL... and without graduating, won't have a job either....

May 27, 2013  08:08 AM ET

Every team needs its big toe, regardless of its Sgt. Hulka or Lacy.

May 27, 2013  08:49 AM ET

Then again, they could both fizzle. Maybe there was no good choice?

May 27, 2013  09:16 AM ET

Does it Really Matter Why?

May 27, 2013  09:46 AM ET

It might to Broncos fan. Stop being a apehole and go change your diaper.

May 27, 2013  09:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Does it Really Matter Why?

Exactly.

Average shelf life for running backs in the NFL is 5 years. It makes no sense to draft them high.

May 27, 2013  10:02 AM ET

Recycled story from a month ago. Ugh.

May 27, 2013  10:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

It might to Broncos fan. Stop being a apehole and go change your diaper.

Let's hope your future postings get better. After all, you've set the bar really low. No place to go but up. Disagreements and intelligent opinions are welcome. Name calling and baby talk? Not so much.

May 27, 2013  10:07 AM ET

A better question would be why the **** did they trade away the chance at Doug Martin last year to take Hillman? (who isn't even an every down back)

May 27, 2013  10:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

A better question would be why the **** did they trade away the chance at Doug Martin last year to take Hillman? (who isn't even an every down back)

Here's why but given what Martin did vs Hillman a lot of Bronco fans are still scratching their heads. They thought Richardson would be the only back drafted in the 1st round which Richardson, Martin and Wilson (Giants) actually went. He ran a 4.49 40 (which I could care less about a guy's 40 time), no prior injuries or off the field problems and had big play potential. With the first pick from TB they took DT Derek Wolf from Cinn. who actually had a pretty good year in a position that sorely need help. With the other pick in the 4th round they took Omar Bolden who was a projected #1 pick the year before if he came out but he stayed at A.S.U. and tore his ACL missing the entire season. Moreno isn't the answer and if they get one more good year out of McGahee they'll be lucky so they still have a young Hillman (who didn't play a lot because of pass protection) and Ball. Omar Boldin? Jury still out. Played nickel/dime coverage but only 7 games.

May 27, 2013  10:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Here's why but given what Martin did vs Hillman a lot of Bronco fans are still scratching their heads. They thought Richardson would be the only back drafted in the 1st round which Richardson, Martin and Wilson (Giants) actually went. He ran a 4.49 40 (which I could care less about a guy's 40 time), no prior injuries or off the field problems and had big play potential. With the first pick from TB they took DT Derek Wolf from Cinn. who actually had a pretty good year in a position that sorely need help. With the other pick in the 4th round they took Omar Bolden who was a projected #1 pick the year before if he came out but he stayed at A.S.U. and tore his ACL missing the entire season. Moreno isn't the answer and if they get one more good year out of McGahee they'll be lucky so they still have a young Hillman (who didn't play a lot because of pass protection) and Ball. Omar Boldin? Jury still out. Played nickel/dime coverage but only 7 games.

Yeah, I paid pretty close attention to Martin's college career and saw him shred some solid defenses. His ability to catch passes and (more importantly) pass protect-made him a very effective every down back. Admittedly my angst comes in hindsight but I did voice concern at the time the trade with Tampa was made. Wolf seem like he will be a solid performer at least.

May 27, 2013  10:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Here's why but given what Martin did vs Hillman a lot of Bronco fans are still scratching their heads. They thought Richardson would be the only back drafted in the 1st round which Richardson, Martin and Wilson (Giants) actually went. He ran a 4.49 40 (which I could care less about a guy's 40 time), no prior injuries or off the field problems and had big play potential. With the first pick from TB they took DT Derek Wolf from Cinn. who actually had a pretty good year in a position that sorely need help. With the other pick in the 4th round they took Omar Bolden who was a projected #1 pick the year before if he came out but he stayed at A.S.U. and tore his ACL missing the entire season. Moreno isn't the answer and if they get one more good year out of McGahee they'll be lucky so they still have a young Hillman (who didn't play a lot because of pass protection) and Ball. Omar Boldin? Jury still out. Played nickel/dime coverage but only 7 games.

Good comment!!!!!

May 27, 2013  10:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Good comment!!!!!

I got home from work around 7:30 this morning (MST) and having a beer. I felt a little froggy..haha.

May 27, 2013  11:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

I got home from work around 7:30 this morning (MST) and having a beer. I felt a little froggy..haha.

LOL, yeah when I worked the graveyard shift years ago, I use to stop at a tavern and have a few on my way home!!!! :-)

May 27, 2013  12:34 PM ET

Was there ever a good explanation of why Ball got beat up at Wisconsin?

May 27, 2013  01:19 PM ET

A lot of teams passed on both of them. Running backs just are not worth what they used to be worth.

May 27, 2013  02:14 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

A lot of teams passed on both of them. Running backs just are not worth what they used to be worth.

Good point, as it's between of their longevity.

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May 27, 2013  02:51 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Good point, as it's *between of their longevity.

*becuase

 
May 27, 2013  02:51 PM ET
QUOTE(#19):

*becuase

Try it again!!! *because

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