When the offseason began, many believed the Cincinnati Bengals would look to add another pass-rusher with so many free agents on defense, but after re-signing Wallace Gilberry, Robert Geathers, and franchise tagging Michael Johnson, adding another defensive end became more of a luxury. James Harrison could be signing with the team soon, but they still may look to add another pass-rushing defensive end, and it could come in the form of LSU’s Sam Montgomery.
In an exclusive interview with Fansided, Montgomery revealed he has already met with the Bengals:
Some of the teams that I’ve met with are the Bengals and Chargers. I’ve also met with the New York Giants, talked to them a little bit, and the Vikings. A lot of teams are interested, but, you know, these last final months I really want to let people know what kind of person I am.
Montgomery is a monster and was more productive than his teammate Barkevious Mingo who will be selected well ahead of him in the draft. The knock on him is that his ceiling isn’t as high as Mingo’s but that shouldn’t stop him from being a high second-round pick as he fits in just about any 4-3 defense in the NFL and can make plays now.
Montgomery was regarded as one of the top DE prospects entering the 2012 season, but saw his stock fall after he failed to live up to the hype (just 8 sacks), and according to scouts at the NFL Scouting combine, is now receiving negative endorsements form his former coaches at LSU, which is causing him to potentially fall well into the second-round, when he’s displayed the talent of a first-round selection.