The sense I get is that they're frustrated with him and he's on the outs, and the only reason he's still in on 55% of the snaps is because the only other options are Jimmy Wilson (whom they can't decide whether should be a safety or nickel corner) and R.J. Stanford (whom they picked up off waivers mid-year).
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If I'm trying to see "it" on Sam Montgomery it would obviously be:
1) He's cut from stone for the position, like straight out of central casting
2) He's a pretty strong guy
3) Impressive second gear
But outside of that I'm not seeing it.
I think if you're the type that favors speed and athleticism over consistency and ability to get the job done on a down-to-down basis, you're not going to be particularly fond of Montgomery. Naturally, you're going to be drawn more towards kids like Mingo or Dion Jordan. What I like about Montgomery is that when physical, NFL style games along the line of scrimmage break out in the SEC, Montgomery is the guy that's able to handle it. He's the one making plays in these type of games for LSU's defensive line. LSU was in a battle with Auburn in a game where Auburn played over their head, and the game was going to be won or lost at the line of scrimmage... LSU won by 2... Montgomery caused that safety at the point of attack. Against an offensive line like Alabama, Montgomery was the only guy who could hang in there physically and make plays with a key sack and TFL while some of his raw teammates are invisible. Again, I think it goes back to analyzing guys who are able to accumulate "college sacks" versus guys who can physically stand up in trench warfare.
i'd rather roll with carroll on the boundary any day than with richard marshall...i don't get why carrolls in the doghouse...he got called for some ticky tack stuff against buffalo...didn't get away with anything...
for my money he's the one boundary corner on this roster who's future i would be encouraged about...
i don't even remember seeing wilson on the field against san fran...guess he was out with injury...anyways he's definitely showing like a tweener
hoops scoops 2012 season ..."in 2014 ryan tannehill etches his name in stone amongst the games elite qbs"..."ryan tannehill and andrew luck will carry the afc for the next decade plus the way peyton manning and tom brady have this last decade plus"
for the love of god get a real freaking mike already!!!
i don't think sam montgomery will ever rush the passer with any consistency at the next level...i'm not a in love with woerner guy but if i had to choose between the two i believe i n woerners rush talents a whole lot more than i do montgomerys...i see montys pass rush upside as that of maybe 5 sacks per year...not worth the pick investment for me...i see a lot of wasted 3rd downs with him on the field
There's no way to accurately determine a sack ceiling on a prospect, it depends on how they're used. Chavis' defense is a contain defense that funnels the play towards the linebackers as opposed to a spill. The DE's are required to maintain leverage on the football and play within a certain standard of discipline... which is why Mingo is a part time player and Lavar Edwards is the starter in certain packages (4-2-5 for example). The DE's read and react to the block by the offensive line. If the offensive lineman base blocks for example, the DE is required to engage and undercut the block.. maintaining leverage. They'll only use their speed to squeeze down into the tackle's hip and run down the LOS, especially if they're unblocked (Mingo vs. the zone read, etc.) The linebackers read the triangle (guard-to-guard-to-back) as their keys... if a guard pulls, they scrape over the top and follow. The linebackers are the one's required to spill the play outside with the safeties filling the allies. The run fits are first and foremost if you're going to play defense in the SEC. I remember an extremely athletic DE/LB that played under Chavis when he was the defensive coordinator at Tennessee back in the 90's by the name of Leonard Little.... which is essentially who Mingo reminds me of in Chavis' defense. Difference being Mingo is much more raw at playing defense and football in general. It took Little a few years in the NFL to put on the required weight in order to function effectively as a defender in the NFL, which is what Mingo will be required to do. Little was a force once he was able to do that, and I think Mingo has similar upside.
I saw Montgomery's game against Alabama and I wasn't impressed. Consistently slow off the snap (as per usual), had trouble getting off blocks except for one or two occasions, not active with his hands, was successfully blocked by tackles, guards on the pull, guards in pass pro when he lined up at tackle, even tight ends. Had trouble retracing without getting caught up in trash. The one sack he did get looked pretty fortuitous to me, as the left tackle didn't even realize he'd have help with a chip block on Montgomery's outside shoulder and so the tackle turned his pads perpendicular to the line of scrimmage and got himself tangled in the chip block that was supposed to help him.
He just always ends up looking like a guy that "can play in this league" but not one that's going to be an impact player. If he's worthy of a top 10 type of pick as a defensive end (and maybe he is, who knows) then Cyrus Kouandjio is the next Willie Roaf and Michael Williams is the next Jason Peters.
Of course it can be difficult to tell sometimes because he lines up a yard off the ball like a CFL player.
b/t guys that left tackle for bama cyrus whatever his name is that kid looks special to me down the line...i really like him...might be the best player on that line already...