1.02 – David Montgomery (RB – Chicago Bears)
David Montgomery may be the most talented running back in this draft class. Blessed with outstanding contact balance and a hard-nosed running style, Montgomery can break tackles with the best of them. According to PFF, Montgomery racked up an insane 100 missed tackles in 2018. His 0.38 missed tackles forced per carry led the nation.
Dynamic in the open field, he pairs tremendous elusiveness with raw power. An accomplished receiver, Montgomery has every-down ability. 892 of his 1,216 yards came after contact, a number that placed him seventh in the nation. Montgomery should quickly become one of the annual leaders in both yards after contact and missed tackles forced percentage.
David Montgomery seems to have the most secure role of any of this year’s running backs. The presence of Tarik Cohen ensures that absent a complete bust by Montgomery, the Bears will not be looking to add any more top-end talent to this backfield in the near future. The pedestrian Jordan Howard racked up 250 carries and saw 27 targets in 2018. 277 opportunities for a talent like Montgomery equals low-end RB1 or elite RB2 status.
Tarik Cohen will always limit his reception upside, but Montgomery should still see a minimum of 40 targets per season due to his steady hands. Compared to Kareem Hunt by many, he received the same praise from Hunt’s former offensive coordinator and current Chicago Bears in Matt Nagy. Due to the exceptional talents of both backs, there will be plays and formations where Montgomery and Cohen see the field together. Don’t be surprised if Montgomery starts to go first overall in rookie drafts that start closer to the regular-season opener.