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Montgomery is currently the most popular defensive end on the market, but his lack of truly elite athleticism could see him passed by teammate Barkevious Mingo and German phenom Bjoern Werner come the combine.
However, Montgomery will probably develop into the most well rounded player of the three, and would be a great addition to the Lions defensive line, which could be light on defensive ends next season.
Montgomery is a prototypically built at 6'5" and 260 lbs, he is a defensive end with long arms and sneaky athleticism. Although he has not been a elite burst rusher in college, part of this could be due to his return from a serious knee injury.
But even with this handicap, Montgomery has still dominated with his power, length and motor. He is one of the best bull rushers in college, and he has enough moves to keep tackles on edge.
The aspect of Montgomery's skill that really sets him apart, though, is his run stopping ability. This is where his strength and length really come into their own—he can control blockers, drive them into the backfield and take down ball carriers.
Despite all this, front offices will almost certainly be wowed by more athletic defensive ends like Barkevious Mingo by the time the draft occurs, and this could mean that Montgomery falls into the early teens, where the Lions are likely to be lurking.
He would be a perfect upgrade for Kyle Vanden Bosch in their wide nine scheme. His ability to play the run would be welcome on a defense where none of the ends on the roster can be forces in that facet of the game.