Round 3 – Pick #73 Overall – David Montgomery:
This running back class is not top heavy like 2018 was, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t talent. Montgomery being taken by the Bears is intriguing. He steps into a vacant role previously owned by one-dimensional runner, Jordan Howard. One of the few three-down backs in this class, Montgomery should be able to see the field right away. If he learns quickly, he could take over a higher playing percentage than Jordan Howard ever did. Montgomery is a legit threat in the passing game. At Iowa State, Montgomery caught 71 balls in three years (58 his final two seasons). I consider Montgomery a grinder, he needs a higher volume of touches to produce the yardage, as he isn’t the burner most teams feature. He ran a 4.64-sec, 40-yard dash. Will the Bears give him the touches he needs?
This immediately impacts fellow back, Tarik Cohen. Cohen is certainly not lacking talent, he’s merely lacking the ability to be a high volume running back. That’s just not his game. He is 5’6’’, 180 lbs. with game-changing speed. He can absolutely complement a bigger style back. However, I’m slightly concerned that a guy like Montgomery could end up taking more opportunities from Cohen. Montgomery offers flexibility in formations by not telegraphing your playbook. The Bears would be wise to find creative ways to get Cohen touches. Someone in this offense will take a back seat, I don’t see it being Cohen.
Montgomery toted the rock 515 times his last two years at Iowa State. He showcases great balance when he has the ball in his hands, glancing off defenders as Kareem Hunt showed previously. He also shows great ability to get the tough yardage by falling forward consistently, scoring 24 touchdowns his final two seasons for the Cyclones. This is a very good landing spot for Montgomery. When rookie drafts start up soon, I’d feel confident taking him in the top five picks.
The Bears ran the ball the seventh most times in the NFL last year. If the Bears continue to show that they want to limit Trubisky’s usage, Montgomery is more than capable of carrying a heavy workload. He’s not going to wow you with his athleticism or his speed, but he will impress you with his balance and all around solid game.
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