Iowa State RB David Montgomery
The "whole package," according to Matt Nagy, "Montgomery makes defenders miss inside the tackle box. He extends runs with his sheer power. He has a tremendous ability to feel when that next guy is coming, that peripheral vision. And then on top of all that, we've just done so much research on all these guys and we've always talked about high character guys, high character football players that you'd like to go to that as much as you can, and this guy's at the top of the line with that. He has the hands. He's a three-down back. ... He's everything that we're looking for."
Clearly, the Bears are enthralled with Montgomery's three-down skillset, and they weren't dissuaded by his ordinary combine workout. Still, the most logical area where Montgomery, described by Pace as "extremely driven," "professional" and "infectious," must continue to improve is in the passing game.
Area scout Scott Hamel explained that the Bears think it's an "underrated" part of Montgomery's game, that "there are guys in the building there in Ames who think he has the best hands on the team." Nagy singled that out as the first quality he looks for in college backs, but also pointed out the fact that few college teams are running as wide a variety of routes as backs are asked to in the pros.
We expect Montgomery to lead the Bears in rushing as a rookie, but Nagy suggested those with that line of thinking slow their roll, reminding us that Kareem Hunt — whom Montgomery does compare to, Nagy confirmed — only earned his rookie opportunity, parlaying it into a rushing title, following a torn ACL to starter Spencer Ware.
The Chiefs traded up in Round 3 for Hunt, just as the Bears did with Montgomery, but otherwise the situation has some differences, the coach said.