Re: 3rd round Sam Montgomery DE/OLB
9. SAM MONTGOMERY | LSU 6032|262 lbs|4JR Greenwood, SC (Greenwood HS) 5/25/1990 (age 22) #99
2012: (13/10) 37/13.0/8.0/2 PROJECTION: 3rd Round
2011: (14/11) 49/13.5/9.0/1 MEASUREABLES: 6032 | 262 | 33 7-8” | 9 1-4" | 79 3-4”
2010: (5/5) 18/6.0/2.0/0 COMBINE: 4.81 40-YD DASH | 1.69 10-YD | 34.5” V | 9-6 BJ | 7.18 3C | 4.51 SS
STRENGTHS: Rangy, long-striding athlete with a quick first step out of his stance…stronger than he looks and is at his best when he can punch and get to the body of blockers…has done a nice job filling out his frame and adding 30+ pounds since HS…not shy about using his hands and uses his eyes to track the ball while hung up on blocks…extremely hungry, intense and relentless, never giving up and always fighting through the whistle…good starting experience in the SEC and sack production.
WEAKNESSES: Needs to improve his snap anticipation, too often the last lineman off the ball…plays a little tight and doesn’t easily redirect in a flash…needs to stay balanced through contact and better anticipate blocks and use leverage…lacks elite power, which shows when engaged and needs to develop his strength and hand technique…needs to develop his secondary moves and a more creative repertoire…ACL surgery in Oct. 2010…concerns with work ethic and off-field practice habits.
SUMMARY: More productive pass rusher than teammate Barkevious Mingo, but not the same type of athlete plus strong questions about how hard he will work at the next level…on-field effort isn’t a question, showing intensity on just about every snap…needs to focus more on the fundamentals to develop better get-off anticipation and hand use to shed blocks…not the most fluid athlete and has a few red flags, but he has the tools and on-field motor to make plays in the backfield.