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This lean All-SEC pick and Ted Hendricks Award finalist used very good quickness and a high motor to rack up nine sacks and chase down ball carriers all over the field in 2011. Like his high-profile teammate, Barkevious Mingo, Montgomery’s progression as a defensive player stagnated during his LSU career. Montgomery has some limitations as a pass rusher, but is a high motor player who holds his ground well against the run and constantly making tackles in pursuit. He figures to go on the second day of the NFL draft, projecting to a second or early third round pick.
Matt DeLima, FFToolbox:
LSU's Sam Montgomery is a versatile defensive end prospect who can play either the 4-3 DE or 3-4 OLB spots. Although his best attributes are his strength, toughness, and run defense, Montgomery is a legit pass-rusher as well who should hear his name called in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft. The 6'5", 260 lb. junior plays with good pad level and drives into blockers to collapse the pocket. He plays in the backfield with a high motor and can clog running lanes. His active hands can push around opponents and put himself into position to make a play on the ball. Projects best as a 4-3 DE, assuming he continues to add bulk.
Adam Jahns, Chicago Sun-Times:
The headlines didn't look good for LSU defensive end Sam Montgomery after he met the media at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. He soon became the NFL prospect who got into trouble for being too honest. He was the NFL prospect who admitted to taking plays, even games off and who had bets going with his teammates.
Of course, his draft stock tumbled in almost every single mock draft afterward.
Montgomery went from being projected as a first-rounder to potentially a third-rounder with character risks for teams to seriously consider when evaluating him.
Matt Miller, Bleacher Report:
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I like Montgomery a whole lot more as a defensive end than an outside linebacker. He's got good explosion and quickness off the edge, and he'll need to either add bulk or get faster depending on what position he ends up playing at the next level.
Like Jahns said, Montgomery is one of the few guys who's stock dropped because they were honest. I credit Montgomery for his honesty, but no matter who you're playing, you have to consider your college career as a three-to-four-year job interview.
It's fair to say Montgomery underachieved at LSU, especially considering he didn't start three games in each of his last two seasons. Clearly, the Tigers' coaching staff had a problem with his work ethic and weren't afraid to say so to NFL scouts.
Regardless, Montgomery is a talent that cannot be ignored and could be a steal for anyone in the second or third round. He'll certainly need to be pushed by his coaches and it's really up to him as to just how good he can be.