LSU DE Sam Montgomery had 'times when effort was not needed'

INDIANAPOLIS -- There are a whole host of things that can raise red flags for NFL teams when they evaluate prospects at the combine and the draft. Sam Montgomery raised one of those in a big way Saturday at the 2013 NFL Combine when he admitted he didn't go 100 percent every time on the field.

Montgomery was asked about the report that his coaches at LSU weren't always happy with the effort he gave and he said when the Tigers "didn't have to play the harder teams" he wouldn't max things out.

"You know, some weeks when we didn't have to play the harder teams, there were some times when effort was not needed," Montgomery said. "But when we had the big boys coming in, the [Alabamas] or the South Carolinas, I grabbed close to those guys and went all out."

Props to Montgomery for being honest, but that's a really bad quote. You want to be honest, but you definitely don't want to own up to not going 100 percent whenever you play an inferior opponent.

He did note that in the NFL it's a world of difference in terms of competition, so he's got that going for him.

"This is a new league, the NFL and there are no small teams, small divisions, it is all Alabamas and LSUs every week," Montgomery said. "It's definitely something I have to get adjusted to, but I'm sure with the right coaching I will be fine."

It's great that he thinks he'll be fine once he goes up against big-time competition, but what will he do when he plays against a two-win team late in the season? Or what happens if he's playing on a team that's not very good? It's concerning to say the least, particularly if he needs "the right coaching" in order to "be fine."

Montgomery is a very talented defensive player and he's going to end up getting drafted with a reasonably high pick. But his comments about effort could certainly drop him down a few spots and should all but guarantee he owes Barkevious Mingo $5,000 and a car wash.

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