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Sam Montgomery, DE

School: LSU  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Greenwood, SC
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 262 lbs.
Projected Ranking
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5472

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.782.731.61- 34 1/29'6"4.517.18
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
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Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Certainly looks the part. Possesses a lanky frame with long arms and plenty of room for additional muscle mass, especially considering his terrific speed. Flashes a quick burst off the snap and accelerates very smoothly for a man of his size, demonstrating the ability to track down elusive ball-carriers from behind. Plays with good strength and typically is able to hold up nicely at the point of attack, stringing off-tackle runs to the sideline with solid containment integrity. High effort defender who seems to enjoy the physicality and competition of the game. Showed a great deal of work ethic in coming back bigger, stronger and faster after sustaining a serious knee injury in 2010.

WEAKNESSES: Too often is slow off the snap, ranking, in fact, as the final player to react off the ball much of the time. Struggles a bit to disengage from blocks when he's initially contained. Flashes a quick spin back to the inside but otherwise is a bit reliant on his speed and bull rushes. He does not possess elite flexibility to dip under the reach of talented pass protectors and while possessing long, strong arms doesn't consistently keep his hands working to break free. Too often he's locked up and doesn't break until the ball has passed him. Struggles changing directions due to stiffness in his hips and can be left in the dust by elusive ball-carriers who see him coming. Reacts late to cut blocks and too often is negated by them.

Compares To: Lawrence Jackson, DE, Detroit Lions -- Just as Jackson earned a first round selection out of USC based largely on his production against quality competition and effort, Montgomery may earn a high pick despite lacking some of the key characteristics that usually result in NFL success.

--Rob Rang

Player Overview

While some talent evaluators rate his linemates Barkevious Mingo and Bennie Logan as the better NFL prospects at this point, Montgomery has actually been the Tigers' most productive defensive lineman over their respective career. Add to this fact that he certainly looks the part of an NFL star at a chiseled 6-5, 260 pounds and possessing eye-popping straight-line speed and it is easy to see why Montgomery ranks among the more intriguing pass rushers in the country.

All may not be as it appears for Montgomery, however. While strong and fast, Montgomery is also a bit stiff in the hips, lacking the change of direction skills that some believe are critical to a pass rusher's success in the NFL. Montgomery also lacks burst off the snap, negating somewhat his impressive speed.

Nevertheless, Montgomery has been productive throughout his career. He signed with LSU as a highly regarded recruit in 2009 but was redshirted as a freshman. While he missed most of the next season with the knee injury, Montgomery certainly flashed the playmaking ability to leave LSU fans excited about his potential, racking up an impressive 18 tackles, including six tackles for loss and two sacks in only five games. A year later, he led the team in sacks (nine) and finished second in tackles for loss (13.5), accomplishing this feat despite typically facing the opponent's best blocker (left tackle) and coming off a 2010 campaign in which he missed the final eight games with a torn ACL in his right knee.

Montgomery reportedly worked very hard to improve upon his redshirt sophomore season's totals, adding 30 pounds of muscle while maintaining his jaw-dropping athleticism. He once again led LSU's defensive linemen in tackles for loss (12) and sacks (seven) in 2012, but finished with "just" 32 tackles overall in his redshirt junior season.

Possessing the length and speed to find a niche in every NFL defense, Montgomery certainly is intriguing. However, considering the relative struggles experienced from other highly touted LSU defensive linemen in the NFL, NFL teams should exercise some caution when projecting Montgomery into the league.

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03/29/2013 - 2013 LSU Pro Day: Sam Montgomery, DE (6-3 3/8, 257) - Scouts think Montgomery will be better lining up as a defensive end in the NFL. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.88 and 4.82 seconds and did 22 reps of 225 pounds. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com

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