Steven Montez NFL Draft Preview

A three sport athlete Steven Montez was a lightly recruited athlete out of El Paso Texas. Despite showing good athletic ability, size (6’5), and producing at in Texas 5A (passed for 2,000 and rushed for 1,000 during SR year on 11-2 team) Montez only received four scholarship offers. Montez chose Colorado over the likes of Air Force, New Mexico State and UTEP. After redshirting his freshman year Montez was able to step in when starter Sefo Liufau went down with an injury before taking over his sophomore year when Liufau graduated. Entering his final year as the starter we take a look at what Steven Montez does well, his limitations and what his NFL Draft outlook is.

What Montez Does Well

Blessed with good size (6’5 230lbs) and athletic ability Steven Montez is able to use his feet to his advantage to move within the pocket and even pick up yards as a runner. Montez has a strong arm and this allows him to drive the ball down the field and get the ball to his receivers quickly. On throws down the field Montez has shown the ability to display touch dropping the ball into receivers. Taking care of the ball is paramount to Montez as he has taken sacks and even burned the ball to avoid turning it over.

Concerns

While Steven Montez has a lot of the physical tools to have success as a quarterback he does have some issues that need to be cleaned up. Montez tends to stare down receivers far too often waiting for them to get open before he makes his throws. While he does have the arm strength to cover it up, his inconsistent ball placement and waiting do allow defenders a better chance to get a hand on the ball and break up passes. It’s one thing if the receivers are getting the ball in the right spot to keep running but if they have to adjust and slow down too often it makes it more difficult.

Outlook

Heading into his final year at Colorado there is room for Steven Montez to improve and he’ll need to do that if he wants to be drafted. If Montez can show better accuracy and show that he can manipulate defenses with his eyes he has a shot. But if we are going off of pure physical traits then he is going to have issues. Buffalo’s Tyree Jackson was a far superior physical product but went undrafted because of he had a lot of the same concerns that Montez has. There is still time and Montez has an elite weapon in Laviska Shenault, so at least he has that going for him.

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