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Ty Montgomery, the all-purpose wide receiver from the Stanford Cardinal, came into the 2014 season with high expectations after a productive and play-making 2013. He failed to meet those expectations, as he totaled the same number of catches in ’14 as he did in ’13, but he averaged nearly six yards less per catch. For the season, he had 61 rec., 604 yards and 3 TDs. By comparison, he totaled 61 rec., 958 yards and 10 TDs in 2013. Montgomery is a dynamic kick returner, scoring 2 TDs on 13 punt returns in 2014. He totaled more than 1,000 kickoff return yards with 2 TDs in 2013. At the end of the season, he was named Second Team All-American as an all-purpose player, Second Team All-Pac 12 as a return specialist, and Honorable Mention All-Pac 12 as a receiver. At the conclusion of 2013, Montgomery was a consensus All-American. To be fair, Montgomery dealt with a slew of injuries at the beginning of the 2014 season that seemed to impact him all year. Physically, Montgomery is an enticing and appealing skill player with a 6’2”, 215 lb frame; he looks more like a running back than a wide receiver when running routes. He especially looks like a running back with the ball in his hands, as he has a natural feel in the open field through a combination of good movement skills, vision and speed. Athletically, Montgomery has enough wiggle and pop to flip the field in a hurry. He has loose hips and very good long speed and will immediately contribute to a team’s vertical passing attack in his rookie season. He’s not the most refined route runner and needs seasoning in that department, but there’s no denying his ability to threaten a defense with his superior athletic traits. At this juncture, he appears to be a player that will have a “package” of plays designed for him; he’s simply not polished enough yet. Stanford found ways to get the ball in his hands and I’d expect that to continue early in his NFL career. Montgomery’s biggest issue might just be the most important for a receiver: his hands. He labors to cleanly secure the catch, and failed to answer those concerns at the Senior Bowl.
BOTTOM LINE: Ty Montgomery was someone who I was very high on during the summer, but his sub-par season in 2014 has me concerned about his ability to get any better than he currently is. At times, it doesn’t appear that playing wide receiver comes naturally to him; that could become a fatal flaw as he transitions to the pros. That said, his ability to contribute big plays in the passing game and on special teams will be coveted. He reminds me of James Jones (Raiders) and could eventually serve a similar role in the NFL.
GRADE: 7.0 (3rd Round)
-Submitted by Bryan Perez (@FirstRoundGrade)