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Iowa State star running back David Montgomery draft profile

Eagles draft profiles

Well, Eagles fans following Sunday’s loss in New Orleans it’s now that time of the year. Yup, that’s right, draft season is approaching. The 2019 NFL Draft is just over three months away. The Eagles will have at least nine draft picks and have some holes they need to fill in order to get back to the Super Bowl. From now until draft day every Wednesday and Saturday ill bring you a prospect that the Eagles should be eyeing on draft day. Today we start with Iowa State running back David Montgomery.

Montgomery powers Iowa State to back to back winning seasons

Montgomery checks in at 5’11 216 pounds. A bruiser of a back the Cincinnati Ohio native spent three seasons at Iowa State. He finished his career with 2,925 rushing yards and 26 rushing touchdowns. In his final two seasons, Iowa State was able to have back to back winning seasons for the first time since 2011-2012. He also earned First team all-Big 12 honors in 2017 and 2018.

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The numbers and production don’t lie. While he isn’t a burner so to speak Montgomery has no problem powering his way to where he needs to go. However, the Cyclones back is more than just a runner. In his career, he also racked up 71 catches for 582 yards. All this while only fumbling a grand total of just two times in his career.

Where the Cyclones back fits in with the Eagles

Now I’m a big fan of the running back by committee approach. The Eagles backfield is a backfield of uncertainty. Jay Ajayi may or may not be back. Same goes for Darren Sproles. After them, you have Wendell Smallwood who hasn’t fully taken that next step and then there is Josh Adams who had a few good weeks then fell out of the rotation towards the season’s end. In comes Montgomery and he gives the Eagles their early-down workhorse.

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I believe the 5’11 back can be the future of this backfield and start from day one. Now id certainly have another reliable option behind him but its time to start fresh. The last running back the Eagles drafted was Donnel Pumphrey and he has not panned out yet. You take Montgomery and let him take the handoffs from Carson Wentz.

Star in the making

Montgomery finished 2017 with 1,146 rush yards and 2018 with 1,216 rush yards. He fights for every yard and always seems to be falling forward. Hence he’s drawn comparisons to Pittsburgh’s James Conner and former Chiefs running back Larry Johnson. Pretty solid company if you ask me.

I also see some Michael Turner in his game as well. Furthermore, Montgomery dominated Washington State in his final game.

Make the Eagles backfield great again

The Eagles were 8-1 when they ran for over 100 yards this season. In Wentz’s career, they are 22-5 when totaling over 100 yards on the ground. Montgomery had 14 career 100-yard games. He had a career-high 185 rushing yards against West Virginia.

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Furthermore, your franchise quarterback is coming off a torn ACL and has a bad back. To protect him give him a good run game. Howie knows it Doug knows it and I’m sure the fans know it. Lastly, as we approach the draft make sure you keep a look out on one of the drafts best backs in Iowa States Montgomery.

all stats via ESPN.com and Sports-Reference.com
featured image via Wikicommons Bobak Ha’Eri