The Detroit Lions haven’t considered adding a free agent wide receiver, so that might point to the fact that the team wishes to explore that option in the 2015 NFL Draft. Stanford’s Ty Montgomery was once thought of as a top pick, but a string of inconsistent years have left his status in limbo. As a result, the Lions could get a top-flight receiver and kick returner in the middle rounds, not spending much money to do so.
Notable Combine Measurables
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40-Yd Dash: 4.55 seconds
20-Yd Shuttle: 2.64 seconds
3-Cone Drill: 6.97 seconds
Vertical Jump: 40 1/2
Broad Jump: 10’1″
225-lb Bench Press: N/A
Traits and Projected Round
Montgomery is a speedy receiver with an excellent frame. He has wonderful acceleration and can get into the second level in a hurry. He has solid hands and can make tough catches in plenty of traffic. As a kick returner, he is an explosive athlete capable of going the distance consistently. Injuries are a concern, seeing as they limited his career in college, and plenty question if his speed is actually top level given a slower than expected dash result in the combine.
Montgomery also struggled to make an impact in the Senior Bowl, which may have started his overall slide. He’ll have the opportunity to make amends during his pro-day this week.
Considering all the trouble Montgomery has gotten himself into with health and consistency, it’s easy to see him slipping down the draft board behind some of the bigger name receivers. Expect him to go off the board between rounds three and four.
Why The Detroit Lions Could Draft Ty Montgomery
The Lions have needed a receiver with deep ball speed and the ability to haul in significant catches behind the defense. They also might like to add some competition to the kick returner spot, and Montgomery could bring both of those elements to the team immediately upon his arrival. Detroit might not want to take a receiver too early, but might like to add someone to the mix in the middle rounds who could become a steal. From this aspect, Montgomery could fit the bill. Not many people will have him rated amongst the best receivers in the 2015 NFL draft, but that doesn’t mean he can’t become a dynamic play maker.
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