HOUSTON (CBS Houston) – With their final pick of day 2 in the NFL Draft, the Texans selected Sam Montgomery, defensive end from Louisiana State University. The 6-5 and 260-pound junior played three seasons at LSU before being drafted with the 95th overall spot, the Texans’ compensatory pick in the third round. He suffered a torn ACL in 2010 but came back to rack up 17 sacks and 86 tackles over the 2011 and 2012 seasons. Montgomery had back-to-back all-conference performances in the talent-laden SEC. While he played a 4-3 defensive scheme at LSU, Texans linebackers coach Reggie Herring was not concerned with Montgomery making the transition to a 3-4 defensive scheme. Herring said that since outside linebackers were not generally made in college, coaches were used to cultivating 4-3 players in the NFL to fit the Texans style of defense. Herring likes the flexibility that Montgomery offers with his ability to play the run, pass rush, and his speed to power. Montgomery’s above average play strength was his strong suit but he would need to work on his ability to drop back.
“We will throw him into the fire early to see if he can. We can always move him over (to the weakside linebacker),” Herring said.
Herring also alluded to moving Brooks Reed over to inside linebacker if needed and was excited about the possibilities.
Montgomery, who is a big Antonio Smith fan, said he loved the Ninja and admired the Texans’ good-spirited locker room and wanted to be the piece to take the team to the next level.
“You don’t understand how grateful I am for this opportunity. I’m going to show you that you made the right selection,” Montgomery said to SportsRadio 610 immediately following his selection.
“I can train to do anything. I’m just so excited and ready for this opportunity.”