Written by: John Stocco
Death, taxes, and Ryan Pace trading up in the draft. Pace does it again. He did it for QB Mitch Trubisky, WR Anthony Miller, and now for the newest member of the Chicago Bears, running back David Montgomery out of Iowa State.
The moment the Bears traded Jordan Howard we knew they would be looking at a rookie, and tonight we found out who their guy was. David Montgomery posted monster numbers at his time at Iowa State. He was an every down back. Last year he rushed for 1,216 yards, averaging 4.7 yards per carry, and recorded 13 touchdown rushes. Montgomery has size, toughness, quickness, and excellent vision. He’s a patient runner who wiggles his way out of trouble and simply makes tacklers miss. David Montgomery broke the PFF record for broken tackles, showed durability by only missing one game in his career, and more importantly, he’s a leader on and off the field, and we know the Bears place character above everything else.
There are some parts of his game that are lacking. He doesn’t have the explosiveness and bursting speed you usually want in a running back. If that leaves you worried as a Bears fan, don’t let it. Montgomery is only 21 years old and he has room for development. Under this coaching staff why wouldn’t you trust the development process? Matt Nagy has three running backs on his roster and he loves to use all three of them. Every running back on the Bears roster serves a purpose.
Tarik Cohen is the speedy twitch guy that has reliable hands. Mike Davis does a little bit of both. He has reliable hands, and he can punish you on the goal line. David Montgomery is now the grinder. He’s the three-down running back that isn’t afraid to get dirty in the trenches, makes it tough for defenders to tackle him, and keeps the ball secure. He has plenty of room to grow and under the Chicago Bears Matt Nagy offense and he can make his hands more polished and also develop more bursting speed. If he does that, Montgomery could be looked at as the best running back taken in the 2019 NFL Draft.
The Bears traded up with the New England Patriots, and the Bears now have picks 126th (4th round), 205th (6th round), 222nd and 238th (7th round).
When it comes to draft night at Halas Hall there’s only one thing for sure. Nothing is for sure. Ryan Pace proves again that he’s not afraid to get his guy. Tonight, the Bears drafted a running back that can rush for over 1,000 yards his rookie season.