Michael Montgomery, DE
(6047, 282, 4.84-5.07 coming out) Texas A&M
Notes: Born Michael Lewis Montgomery, II, 8/18/83, in Carthage, Texas. His mother, Rosie Kellum, had an All-America basketball career at Stephen F. Austin from 1978-80 and was inducted into the school's hall of fame. She went on to play for the Nebraska Wranglers, who won the Women's Professional Basketball League title in 1981 before the league disbanded. Lettering twice at Center (Texas) High School, Michael Montgomery was named the Tri-Defensive Player of the Year in only his second season playing high school football. He earned all-district and all-state honors. As a senior, he recorded 112 tackles and three sacks. As a junior, he had 97 tackles and 10 sacks. He also earned all-district and all-region honors in basketball as a senior. Born with an irregular heartbeat, he had surgery during college to remove extra blood vessels in his heart to remedy the problem. His college teammates nicknamed him ‘Money Mike' after a character in the movie "Friday After Next," but also because of his habit of putting all of his spare change in a piggy bank. At Texas A&M, he was part of a volunteer effort that rebuilt area churches and was also involved in hospital visits leading up to the East-West Shrine Game. During the 2007 offseason, Montgomery made a memorable play in a charity basketball game at Waupun (Wis.) High School, when he caught an alley-oop pass from teammate Noah Herron and proceeded to shatter the glass backboard; the organization replaced both backboards for the high school the following week. He has also participated in the Brett Favre and Donald Driver Celebrity Softball Games, the Edgar Bennett Celebrity Bowl-A-Thon, and the Al Harris Stars and Strikes Celebrity Bowling Event, contributed to the KGB sack fund that went to support Freedom House, and played an Xbox game against a soldier overseas as part of the ‘Pros vs. GI Joes' event.
College: Montgomery began his college football career at Navarro Junior College, where he played for two years, recording 131 tackles and six sacks. As a junior at Texas A&M (2003), he played in 10 games, recording 45 tackles, seven tackles-for-loss, one sack and one fumble recovery. Really came on as a senior after being limited by a heart ailment as a junior. In 2004, he started all 12 games, including the Cotton Bowl vs. Tennessee, earning first-team All-Big 12 honors; registered 78 tackles, 12 TFL, six sacks, two PBU, one fumble recovery, one forced fumble and one interception. He also received the ‘Aggie Heart Award' and was named the team's defensive MVP and top defensive lineman, as well as a captain. Majored in agricultural and life sciences.
Predraft: After flashing good pass-rush ability at the Senior Bowl, Montgomery measured 6047 (6'-4 7/8"), 276 pounds at the Scouting Combine. He put up 26 reps at 225 pounds, ran a 1.76 10-yard dash, 2.93 20-yard dash, 4.84 40-yard dash, posted a 35-inch vertical jump, 9'-7" broad jump, 4.33 20-yard shuttle and a 7.39 three-cone drill time in workouts prior to the draft.
Pro: Originally drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the sixth round (No. 180 overall) in 2005. As a rookie, he played in 12 games and contributed 25 tackles, one sack and three tackles on special teams. In 2006, he saw action in 11 games as a backup at both defensive end spots; missed the final four games on injured reserve with a knee injury; posted 21 tackles, 1.5 sacks, one PBU and five special-teams stops as he saw action on 209 defensive snaps. Slowed by a knee injury early in the 2007 season, he came back to play in nine games and both playoff games; finished with 22 tackles on defense and five on special teams. Started 8 of 14 games played in 2008 after injuries to Cullen Jenkins and the release of Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila; recorded 71 tackles and 2.5 sacks. An unrestricted free agent, he re-signed with the Packers, agreeing to a two-year contract extension in March 2009. However, not unlike Aaron Kampman, he was not a good fit for the new 3-4 defensive scheme installed by Dom Capers and he recorded just two tackles in 10 games in a season marred also by various injuries. He was subsequently released by the Packers.
Montgomery agreed to a one-year deal with the Vikings on Monday (March 29, 2010) after spending the day visiting with team officials at Winter Park. He is expected to be a backup at the end positions, and could also slide inside on passing downs.
Positives: Nice size; tall, angular and athletic. Uses his hands well. Can out-quick blockers and get through gaps. Gets upfield, provides some penetration and can be disruptive at times. Has very long arms and uses them to get separation. Stays on his feet. Good motor. Good jumping ability and can be difficult to throw over. He's able to neutralize a double-team and gets some push. Flashes athletic ability and is fluid enough to drop into coverage at times. Good chase speed. Secure tackler. Good work ethic and character off the field.
Negatives: Not sudden coming off the edge and won't often beat an offensive tackle around the corner. Not that sudden or explosive. Plays too high at times and thus negates his power. He does not show a variety of pass-rush moves or quick change or direction. Has had some injury problems.
Summary: Montgomery is a nice fit for the one-gap scheme the Vikings deploy after finding himself miscast in Capers' 3-4 system with Green Bay last season. He isn't likely to see a lot of reps with the Vikings behind Jared Allen and likely Ray Edwards, with Brian Robison also in the mix. But he should provide quality snaps when he does play, and he offers enough versatility to step in just about anywhere along the front four. In short, he's good depth.
Kevin Brown has been providing personnel analysis and writing about the Vikings for more than 20 years with Viking Update. Follow VU on Twitter and discuss this and other topics on our message boards.