Originally posted by GhostofFredDean74:
You don't see Sam Montgomery as a potential 3-4 OLB in the mold of Aldon Smith? I see very similar height/weight/speed pass rushers with long arms, solid-but-not-elite athleticism and excellent power. Neither stood up all that much in college, but Aldon has adapted pretty well (understatement of the year)...I just see a lot of similarities there.
He could be. But keep in mind what Aldon Smith did is incredibly rare for making his transition. Pre-Draft I would have projected Aldon Smith as a defensive end as well, and even though I loved the pick because I was a huge fan of him, I thought it would take 2-3 years to learn the linebacker position. And I think my projection of time for him to learn the position is accurate. But Aldon has earned his playing time with his uncanny ability to pass rush from virtually anywhere, thats pretty rare.
I'm a big fan of Sam Montgomery as well. But I see him more of a bull rusher and I think he is still raw in terms of how he pass rushes as he is a bit of a one trick pony with how he engages the lineman. One way he does remind of Aldon though is with the long arms and ability to overpower guys, use leverage, lock those long arms and beat up the tackles. Prettty impressive for a 260 pounder.
So I would say Sam Montgomery can make the transition but it would take him 2-3 years to learn OLB adn he wouldn't be makign the impact that Aldon Smith did., probably more like a 5-7 sack rookie season. With that in mind I don't think he is a top 10 value pick at OLB. If Aldon couldn't step in and make the crazy impact with situational pass rushing, he would have hardly seen the field which IMO is what would happen to Montgomery at OLB.
At DE I think he can make an immediate impact and is top 10 value. I think the demand at DE will be way more than putting him at OLB. But then again maybe Aldon's success makes it happen for Montgomery?