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Which former Big Ten running back will have the best NFL career?



CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

I picked Le'Veon Bell.   I just think he's the big athletic back that the Steelers have been missing for a few years.  I like Ball and think he will be really good too.  He's smaller so will be interesting to see how he holds up in the NFL after a few years.   You really can't go wrong with either of them. 

Bucks43201's picture

Where's Bull and Bill?

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Hovenaut's picture

Bell, even though I despise the Stillers.

Because Mont-ay fumbles.

We have filled the Braxton Miller position.

cal3713's picture

Really?  I guess this is a joke... his fumble stats are just amazing.
2 career fumbles:
655: Career carries before his first lost fumble.
802: Career touches before his first lost fumble.

Poison nuts's picture

Bell. As good as Ball was in college, not sure he'll do a lot as a pro. Hope I'm wrong - I like the kid.

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NoVA Buckeye's picture

Le'Veon Bell will retire by the time he's 25. Blame Sparty.

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moopdawg's picture

Steelers do a good job of rotating their backs, so he should hopefully last longer than that.

NoVA Buckeye's picture

He'll probably be the only running back since everyone else loves to carry the ball like a loaf of bread

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RBuck's picture

I watched Bell while he was at Groveport. Had to go with the local kid.

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Grant Edgell's picture

As a biased Denver fan I picked Montee Ball because Elway understands the importance of having a consistent back (lost three Super Bowls without one - won two with one). Ball will have every opportunity to become Manning's starting back in Denver because he's an every-down guy and Moreno can't stay healthy.
That said I'd have rather seen the Broncos take Lacy, who fell three spots later to Green Bay.

Nkohl13's picture

I picked one because I had to, but don't think that either of them will do anything special. Most likely end up as 2nd or 3rd string backs for a few years.

brandonbauer87's picture

My thoughts exactly.  Neither are special enough in my opinion to be an every down back.  Both benefited from a system which breeds success.

Buckeyejason's picture

I'd like to pick Bell because he's an Ohio kid..but I don't think he'll be a very good pro. Ball will excel in Denver I think.


MediBuck's picture

Bell--but not for his running ability. The kid doesn't have much burst. That said, he is amazing in pass protection and grinds with a lot of toughness in short-yardage situations. Personally, I was hoping my Cardinals would pick him up, but definitely not in the second round. The Steelers overpaid for him.
Ball is one of those backs that could either be a solid starter or simply be unable to keep up with the NFL toughness.

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AGL's picture

went w/Ball due to Peyton's ability to read defenses.


Boom777's picture

Bell because he's an Ohio kid

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ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

Bell.  I see Ball as a guy that is a good back, but will have to be utilized properly for him to be successful.  Bell physically is a better choice - power running works anywhere in the NFL. 

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Buckeye Chuck's picture

I don't see stardom in either one, but I like Ball a little better. To me, Bell is just the latest "volume rusher" out of East Lansing, a better version of Javon Ringer but not by much. And contrary to casual fan opinion, the Steelers have been a pass-first offense for years. Bell won't change that.

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Buckeyevstheworld's picture

I'm curious to see what Bell can do with a decent O-Line around him.

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