February 25, 2013
Many NFL draft prospects, once the film is dissected by scouts and executives, get accused of taking plays off.
It's pretty rare to hear of a player taking entire games off. Even weirder when the player admits to doing so.
LSU defensive end Sam Montgomery had an interesting press conference at the NFL scouting combine. He discussed large bets with teammate Barkevious Mingo, such as who would get more sacks last season, as Shutdown Corner's Doug Farrar wrote about.
What's crazy is that revelation didn't raise the most eyebrows from his presser.
The Advocate in Baton Rouge had this interesting piece of information from Montgomery.
“You know, some weeks when we didn’t have to play the harder teams, there were some times when effort was not needed,” he said.
“But when we had the big boys coming in — the Bamas or the South Carolinas — I grabbed close to those guys and went all-out.”
Montgomery had been showing up in the late first round of some mock drafts, but his stock could fall some after coaches find out he admitted to being kind of lazy on certain Saturdays.
It's not like Montgomery mailing in games against Towson or Idaho cost the Tigers too much because even with apparently little effort LSU won without much of a scare (have we mentioned that getting rid of FBS-FCS games might be best for the sport?). The LSU losses last season were all against "big boys," like Florida, Alabama and Clemson.
Oh, but Montgomery had more, via the New Orleans Times-Picayune:
"Of course, this is a new league, the NFL and there are no small teams, small divisions. It is all Alabamas and LSUs every week. It's definitely something I have to get adjusted to, but I'm sure with the right coaching I will be fine."
Les Miles and staff must have been thrilled to hear that with "the right coaching" Montgomery would learn to do things like play hard once a week in the fall.
The lead-up to the draft has one key element that Montgomery may not have considered. NFL teams have dialogue with college coaches and ask about players all the time. And according to draftinsider.net, when teams have asked about Montgomery, LSU's coaches were openly "slamming him" to them. Apparently the Tigers' coaches and some former teammates didn't like Montgomery's attitude or personality, according to draftinsider.net.
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