3 Things to know about Philadelphia Eagles prospect David Montgomery
The Philadelphia Eagles are showing some real interest in former Iowa State Cyclones running back David Montgomery and for good reason.
For three seasons, former Iowa State Cyclones running back David Montgomery made the casual football fan pay attention to a team that we don’t spend a great deal of time discussing. On January 7th, he announced that he decided to forego his final season in Ames for the greener. and more lucrative, pastures of the NFL. The Philadelphia Eagles took notice, and now, we can dismiss the idea that any interest they have in Montgomery is a rumor.
Here are three things of note that we’ve noticed over the past few days and while studying the film.
1. Montgomery was the first player the Eagles met with.
It’s just something about being first. During every NFL Scouting Combine, the first players that the coaches and scouts will have access to is the offensive linemen and running backs. They arrive first. They’re interviewed first. They take the field first for workouts.
As far as the Eagles go, there are questions about what needs to be done with Jason Peters. There were rumors about what the plans were for Jason Kelce (since then, ‘The Birds’ have given him a one-year extension), and with all of that going on, Philly decided they’d sit down with a downhill runner that could take some pressure off of Carson Wentz.
Place Mr. Montgomery on your draft boards guys. Philly’s interest in him isn’t a rumor.
2. The accolades speak for themselves.
As a true freshman, Montgomery played in all 12 of the Cyclones’ games and started the final four. He led the team in rushing, which earned him a spot on the honorable mention Freshman All-America team by Campus Insiders.
He followed that with a breakout season in 2017 and another steady season-long performance in 2018. Pro Football Focus named him as a First-team All-American in 2017 before he earned First-team All-Big 12 honors in 2017 and 2018.
If all of that translates to the next level, watch out.
3. Of course we had to bring up the stats.
We live in a fantasy football and PFF era. We can’t bring up these guys without bringing up statistical data. Anyone looking for Montgomery’s won’t be disappointed as he terrorized Big 12 defenses for three seasons to the tune of 2,926 yards on 624 carries, 582 yards on 71 receptions, and 26 rushing touchdowns.
All it took was 37 games and 28 starts to get it done. If that doesn’t get you excited, then, maybe nothing will.
Check out some highlights:
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Some are starting to give this prospect first-round grades. Might he be available for the Eagles in the first round? Would they even pull the trigger on a ball carrier with so many other pressing needs? He may not be available for them to use a second-round selection on if they don’t.