RB David Montgomery, Iowa St.*

5’10” – 222 lbs. – 4.63
Dual-threat quarterback in high school. Started just four games but led the Cyclones in rushing as a freshman, posting 109-563-2 before breaking out the following season, posting 258-1,147-11 as a sophomore and then 257-1,216-13 as a junior. Also caught 71-582-0 over the three seasons combined. Plays in a shotgun-based offense. One of the most thickly-built runners in this year’s draft class; looks the part of a pro feature back and handled a workhorse role at the college level. Something of a throwback in a class which features a lot of smaller, quicker change-of-pace backs. Makes good cuts in the backfield, shuffling to find open lanes and cutback opportunities. Uses jukes effectively to make defenders miss and create lanes for himself. Does a nice job of improvising and escaping from difficult situations to salvage short gains. Navigates through congestion well, showing the ability to hop over downed players or weave through smaller creases. Powerful player who’s rarely brought down by the first man to hit him. Runs through arm tackles easily and can punish defenders at the second level. Good short-yardage runner who gets behind his pads and demonstrates good balance to bounce off of contact and pinball ahead for additional yardage, or to stay on his feet when defenders try to swipe his legs. Lowers the shoulder and drives his legs to finish his runs by falling forward. Capable of pushing the pile with momentum. Works in a powerful stiff-arm when he gets to the outside. Not one of the fastest or most explosive runners; tends to grind out tough runs between the tackles more than he is a threat to hit home-runs. Was often retained in pass protection and shows a willingness to stick his nose in and engage from his feet. Handles power pretty well and demonstrates a pretty powerful shove but could be more consistent about using his arms instead of his body to engage; the upside is there as a blitz pickup option because of his frame and strength. Was also a pretty reliable receiver at the college level, albeit in a fairly simple role, tending to swing, release into the flats, or make himself available for middle screens as a checkdown option. One of the most complete runners in this year’s class, he isn’t one of the most explosive ballcarriers but combines a hard running style, plenty of power, the agility to make defenders miss, and capable blocking/receiving ability, traits which could make him a second-day pick in this year’s draft.

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