Adding a Cyclone to the Mix: David Montgomery
The Iowa State back could be a fit with the Bears offense
The 2019 NFL Draft is now one day away! The Bears do not have many spots to fill, and that is what makes this very interesting for everyone. Will the Bears stay at 87th overall? Could a trade happen to move up? Only time will tell.
So let ‘s take a look at what many of us believe will happen early on for the Bears in this draft. The consensus opinion seems to be that they will select a running back. Ryan Pace will do what he needs to get the player he really wants at any point.
One guy that I have my eye on is David Montgomery. He would be an excellent, well-rounded addition to that room of running backs, as he is a between the tackles runner and a pass catcher.
If you were to compare him to a pro right now, it would be Kareem Hunt. He’s not the fastest on the field, but he has the ability to elude defenders. In 2018, he racked up 109 forced missed tackles on carries and receptions. He could surprise some people down the road with a catching role out of the backfield.
According to NFL.com and official combine measurements, Montgomery is listed at 5’10” and 222lbs. In his junior year, he posted 1,216 rushing yards on 257 carries for an average of 4.7 yards per carry. He also added 13 touchdowns on top of those stats. In the passing game, recorded 22 receptions for 157 yards, averaging 7.1 yards per reception.
Out of all the running backs in this draft, there are a few things that make Montgomery the best choice. The numbers and stats are not eye-popping. However, looking at the tape makes you really open your eyes. He is the most balanced of any running back in the draft. He can keep his legs underneath him and going forward. With this ability, his cuts cause so many tacklers to miss. He makes players miss in small spaces and in the open field.
The only cause for concern is the number of carries over the last two seasons for him. That would only be an issue for the long term if he had injuries in the past, but that hasn’t been the case. He will not have to be the prime ball carrier, but instead a complement to Davis and Cohen.
Matt Nagy could utilize a player like Montgromery in so many ways. Teams would have to fear every guy that could be in the backfield. They will not miss a step if that player is Cohen, Davis, Patterson, or my guy Montgomery. Just check his tape, it speaks for itself.
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