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Another receiver I got excited to see down in Mobile was Stanford’s Ty Montgomery.  He did not stand out much during the practices, so I decided to review a few of his games to get a better idea tymontof his skill set.  After reviewing games against UC Davis, Notre Dame, Utah, California, Washington, and Oregon, I saw a talented playmaker who appears to be a better special teamer than a receiver.

WR Ty Montgomery, Stanford 6’ 2” 215 lbs.

Cons: Montgomery does not have the foot speed to change directions quickly with that he doesn’t get much downfield separation; he is more of a one cut and go, long strider.  The wide out suffers to concentrate when he isn’t targeted as often as he would like.   There were too many passes that he let into his body, instead of snaring the pigskin in the air.  Montgomery waits on the ball to come to him and has a smaller target radius than most wide outs as he struggled to catch passes thrown towards his waist or below.  When the receiver is on, he can be unstoppable, but on the other hand, if he gets ice-cold, Montgomery usually stays colder than Mr. Freeze.

Pros (receiving): Defenses had a hard time jamming him at the line, because of his strong upper body that kept corners away from his body. This made him very effective in the bubble screen game as he usually swatted away the first defender that came at him.  The wide out uses his bigger body well by catching the ball in the middle of the field.  He seems to enjoy contact with defenders in tight coverage and can come down with contested passes. Montgomery bounces of tacklers, showing good balance and strength.  The receiver can make bucket catches near the sidelines under double coverage.  This makes him a dynamic red zone threat.

Pros (special teams and running game):  When he is returning punts, Montgomery shows good vision finding lanes and running behind blockers.  He is even a more dangerous kickoff returner by taking great angles and uses spin moves to get away from would-be tacklers.  With his big legs and balance, the receiver looks and moves more like a running back than a wide out. Stanford exploited that when the playmaker got direct snapped to in the backfield by using his leg drive, ability to get low (which isn’t easy for a man his size) and vision effectively in short yardage situations.  Montgomery seems to find his second gear in the open field and hurdle over defenders in his way.  The athletic receiver is a good run blocker, who usually knocks the first defender back and moves on to another one.

Overall thoughts:  He reminds me of a bigger Percy Harvin without the foot frequency.  Montgomery is a gifted returner who can be highly effective in short to intermediate passing situations, but needs his mental game monitored.

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