Gopher makes pre-draft visit

Montogomery has started past two years at DT for Minnesota

University of Minnesota defensive tackle Anthony Montgomery was one of a select number of collegiate prospects that the Green Bay Packers invited to Lambeau Field for a pre-draft visit, according to his agent.

Joseph Palumbo confirmed that his client made a trip to Green Bay, as well as a few other NFL teams. A two-year starter for the Gophers, Montgomery may be a late-round selection, or likely will sign with a team as an undrafted free agent, Palumbo predicts.

The Packers have used their pre-draft visits mainly on players who were either not invited to the NFL Scouting Combine, or players on the fringe of getting selected in the draft, or signing as a free agent shortly after the draft. Each NFL team was allowed to invite up to 30 prospects to their facilities. A visit doesn't mean that the prospect will be selected or signed by that team.

Players who make pre-draft visits usually undergo a physical, then meet with coaches, watch film, and tour the facility.

"He has had visits with Cleveland, Washington, and Green Bay," Palumbo told "We have received calls from about a dozen other teams as well. The interesting thing with Anthony is that about half of the teams want to draft him as an offensive tackle."

Here is more on Montgomery from Tony Pauline of TFY Draft Preview:

Ht: 6-5 Wt: 311 40: 5.24 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Full-time starter the past two years after seeing significant action with the first team as a sophomore. Senior totals included 54/6/3 after 48/9/3 the prior year.

Positives: Explosive thumper in the middle, tough to knock off his feet. Explodes off the snap and displays good range on the field. Takes up a lot of room in the middle of the line, keeps his feet moving on contact and is consistently doubled by opponents. Athletic and displays the ability to drop into coverage.

Negatives: Must improve his hand technique and become quicker shedding blocks at the point. Not light on his feet. Seemingly tires easily.

Analysis: A solid run defender with the physical skills to develop into a player at the next level, Montgomery must improve the details of his game but offers a degree of upside.

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