Originally posted on Draft Board Insider  |  Last updated 8/18/12

These are my preseason scouting reports.  They are meant to just lay a foundation for where these players are going into the 2012 College Football season.  Obviously when I do final scouting reports on these players after the season, things will change.  No guarantees they will change for the better, and I do my best to be objective and pragmatic.  You all may take that as being negative, but if I like a guy I say so, and if I don't, you'll hear that too.

Sam Montgomery, DE/OLB LSU



What I like about him

-Incredibly productive
-High level of competition
-Freakish natural athlete
-Motor that never stops
-Lots of potential for growth(in his game)
-Long frame and arms

What I don't like

-Might be maxed out physically(weight)
-Sloppy in his technique at times
-Needs to improve the technical parts of his game
-Untested dropping into coverage
-Must get stronger


2012 Outlook

I have Montgomery ranked really high on my big board, mainly because I think he's going to really come on strong.   I've seen him listed as the top defensive player in the draft, but he's much too far from a finished product for a lofty spot like that.  While he's explosive, his lack of finesse in his technique makes him appear slower than he is, and I want to see that improved.  And something I can't see this year but I wonder about is can Montgomery play at 250 or is he capped out?  Could effect him being a situational rusher or an every down player. 


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