Here are a few players and positions to watch at the 2019 NFL combine, which begins today in Indianapolis:
David Montgomery, RB, Iowa State
The popular comparison for Montgomery has been Kareem Hunt, but there’s one major issue when I watch Montgomery: speed.
Montgomery backers are quick to point out that Hunt only ran a 4.62 40-yard dash, but I’ve never watched Hunt and thought he looked slow whereas Montgomery’s lack of burst is clear. He’s even gotten caught from behind a few times.
The Iowa State star’s game is breaking tackles, but it’s a heck of a lot easier to break tackles in the Big 12 than in the NFL. If he’s clocking in the 4.7s in the 40-yard dash and his vertical jump is in the low-30s, it’s a clear sign that he doesn’t just look slow, he is slow.
Here is why I’m concerned about Montgomery’s speed. Not sure he has the breakaway gear. But, again, I’ve just started. pic.twitter.com/Fis6eBpjd0
— Andrew Dannehy (@adannehy) February 13, 2019
Rodney Anderson, RB, Oklahoma
Anderson tore his ACL early in the season so it’ll be interesting to see if he’s able to do all of the drills.
Even if he isn’t, Bears fans should keep an ear (or eye) for reports on his medical condition. Anderson has had several major injuries in college but is clearly a Round 1 talent. Although they’re different positions, Anderson’s story isn’t unlike that of Eddie Jackson.
Because of where the Bears picks are, it’s hard to pinpoint an exact prospect here.