- AProjectionRound 2
- Hand9 ¼
- Arm31 ⅜
Strong Points: Very productive. More quick than fast. Runs with power and consistently gets yardage after contact. Good receiver with soft hands and the ability to do damage after the catch. Will stand in and face up as a pass blocker. Tough and very competitive -- comes up with big plays when needed.
Weak Points: Lacks ideal size and speed. Missed a game this year with an arm injury, affecting his play for a few weeks. Not a top cut-back runner. Not a home run hitter. Might not break many long runs, but Montgomery can kill an opponent with his 15-to-20-yarders.
The Way We See It: Montgomery had a very productive three years at Iowa State, improving every season. He isn't the biggest or fastest guy for the position, but he does everything well. He is strong running between the tackles, gets yards after contact and is very reliable as a receiver. That all should translate well to a successful career at the next level. Montgomery is more of a jump-cutter than a cut-back runner but can have success when he does cut back. Will face up in pass protection but needs to use his hands a little better. Overall, though he is not the type that will go in the first round, some club might be very happy to take him in Round 2. Has the talent to be a starter early in his career. Has some similarities to ex-Chiefs back and 2017 NFL rushing champion Kareem Hunt as far as traits and style.
Hub Arkush: Montgomery is probably the safest running back in the first two days of this draft because of how productive he was at Iowa State. Unlike Jacobs and Harris at 'Bama and Sanders at Penn State, Montgomery was "The Man" at Iowa State over the past 2 1/2 seasons. Of course, what comes with that is a lot of wear on the tires with Montgomery getting 551 touches the past two seasons. He isn't exceptionally big or fast for the position and won't be a home run hitter. But he's solid getting to the hole and excellent after contact, making him a prototypical pick late in Round 2 or early in Round 3.
Best Fit: Raiders, Bucs, Bills, Dolphins, Ravens, Vikings
Red Flags: Grinder (limited explosiveness), Heavy workload
NFL Comp: Jordan Howard, Melvin Gordon