David Montgomery

Iowa State

Prospect Info

College
Iowa State
Hometown
Class
OH
Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
5' 10"
222 lbs
31 3/8”
Hands
9 1/4”

Prospect Grade

5.85
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
Chicago
Bears
Round 3 ‧ Pick 10
Go to Pick
40 Yard Dash
4.63u
Seconds
 
Bench Press
15
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
28.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
121.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
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Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
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Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
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Seconds
 

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Montgomery was a dual-threat quarterback in high school, even earning Division III Ohio Player of the Year recognition from the Associated Press after his senior season (2,707 yards, 41 TD rushing). Schools outside the Midwest did not come calling, however, so Iowa State nabbed the three-star recruit. He led the Cyclones in rushing as a true freshman, playing in all 12 games with starts in the final four weeks (109-563-5.2, two TDs rushing; 13-129-9.9 receiving). Montgomery had more of a workload in 2017, starting all 13 games and earning first-team All-Big 12 notice with 258 carries for 1,146 yards (4.4 average) and 11 scores. He also helped carry the passing offense with 36 receptions for 296 yards (8.2 average). Montgomery was a second-team all-conference pick by the coaches his junior season, accumulating 257 carries for 1,216 yards (4.7 average) and 13 touchdowns (also 22-157-7.1 receiving) in 12 games (11 starts).
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 3
NFL Comparison
Kareem Hunt
Overview
One of the safest runners in this draft with a desirable combination of size, vision, toughness and creativity. He runs with impressive calm and instincts in the midst of interior mayhem, weaving and battering his way through traffic. Smart teams will recognize his ability to create yardage for himself with his eyes, footwork, contact balance and power. Should alleviate concerns about his lack of explosiveness. Montgomery has a pro-ready game and Day 2 (Rounds 2-3) value as a good NFL starter.
Strengths
  • Compact frame is built for the rigors of his work
  • Instinctive runner with ability to stack moves
  • Patient runner with plus vision up to second level
  • Glides behind his bigs and sets up his blocks
  • Gears up and down to counter flowing linebackers
  • Rhythmic but forceful
  • Offers no easy outs for tacklers
  • Powerful lower body creates rare contact balance
  • Adequate agility to elude one tackler and then punish the next
  • Takes care of the football and rarely fumbles
  • Plays with shake at the top of his route
  • Natural hands with ability to pluck it outside his frame
  • Good blitz recognition in pass pro
Weaknesses
  • Heavy workload over the last two seasons
  • Has carried it 20-plus times in 13 of his last 19 games
  • Takes his fair share of heavy hits
  • Runs with some tightness in his hips
  • Unable to make steep cuts against the grain on backside
  • Below-average burst to open space
  • Low number of explosive carries during his career
  • Lacks pure speed to outrun NFL linebackers to the corner
  • Makes a tackler miss, but doesn't have juice to get away from the next one
Sources Tell Us

"That's my guy! If he gets with the right team, he's going to be the best running back to come out of this class and you won't have to draft him early either." -- Scouting director with AFC team
GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league