Has the breakaway speed needed to burst out big runs and beat defenders off the edge. But his 40-yard dash indicates he's not exactly a speed back
Very shifty at the first level. This helped him make up for a sub-par offensive line
Does not have Josh Jacobs strength but is fairly close to Jacobs and led the NCAAF in broken tackles.
He is definitely a run power back but he has the finesse necessary to juke out defenders and gain yardage.
Has good hands but is not a receiving threat.
His vision and patience are impeccable.
Running in Traffic
Churns out as many inches/yards as possible when he's stuffed at the line of scrimmage and has the ability to break out of traffic for big runs.
No injuries in college.
Broke the most tackles in the NCAAF and is a terror to try and tackle.
Was able to be efficient and productive while at Iowa.
Goes low frequently and that could lead to chop block penalties but is good at recognizing pass rushers penetrating the line.
Team captain and is well known for a great work ethic.
No legal issues.
Was the reason why Iowa St. was as good as they were offensively.
Big Play Ability
Always a threat to churn out a huge run.
Strength, vision, elusiveness, toughness, run power
David Montgomery was one of the most versatile, 3-down backs in college last year. Montgomery's strength is what separates him from all the other backs. It takes multiple defenders to bring him down on every play, and even then he breaks multiple tackles every play. His strength and toughness are what makes him very useful in red zone and goal-line situations. He has the speed, elusiveness, and vision to get to the outside and make defenders miss at the second level. Above average in the passing game but never really was a receiving threat at Iowa St. His patience is impeccable and was part of the reason why he was an underrated, sleeper. The main concern is his limited speed (not a breakaway speed guy) and heavy workload while at Iowa St. However, the Bears will love that he can burst through the smallest of holes even when his though his offensive line was not good. Also, his blocking could be improved but he will definitely be an amazing replacement to Jordan Howard, and likely even an improvement.