David Montgomery – RB (Iowa State)
We have talked about Montgomery before and it’s worth bringing his name back into the fold as he has a strong chance to end up with the Vikings.
Montgomery has good size at 5-foot-10 and 222 pounds. He’s an excellent receiver out of the backfield, he can get the tough yards up the middle if need be, and he has the ability to bust one outside for a big gain.
Montgomery isn’t a burner by any means, but he is fast enough. One of the biggest strengths of his game is his pass blocking ability where he is just a natural. He sits with a nice low butt, he has good positioning, and he wards off the blitzer with powerful punches. This trait will get Montgomery on the field early in his rookie career.
The Vikings’ running back depth chart isn’t exactly comforting. Dalvin Cook’s talent can’t be denied, but his ability to stay healthy sure can. Behind him is untested Mike Boone, and while he did show some good ability during the preseason last year, making him the primary backup is a roll of the dice this playoff contending team can’t afford.
Montgomery can take a handful of touches every game, giving Cook some rest. If Cook were to go down again, this guy has all the traits to be a three-down back in the league and Minnesota’s offense would continue to hum with him as the lead horse.
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