We were not sure that the Chicago Bears had serious interest in David Montgomery, but how coy they were about their interest highlights he was their guy
Last week we broke down some of the best options that the Chicago Bears had met with before the NFL draft. Of course, David Montgomery was missing from that list. However, that is not because the team did not have an interest in him.
In fact, in his post-draft press conference, Ryan Pace mentioned that he met with Montgomery at Halas Hall.
This comes as a bit of a surprise to some but makes the selection much more understandable.
What is interesting is why this one slipped through the cracks when others did not. Remember a few weeks ago that Miles Sanders posted on his snapchat that he was flying to Chicago only to delete it. The report still got out that Sanders was with the Bears, but the Bears may have told him to keep this meeting under the radar.
They may have wanted Sanders to fall, and did not want to be attached to his name near their pick so that other teams could jump them. It appears that they successfully pulled this off with Montgomery, as nobody had the meeting reported pre-draft.
It is clear that the Bears had a line of backs that they knew they had to get. Darrell Henderson marked the moment they were looking to trade up, and Sanders had already been gone. However, Montgomery had been tied to the Bears in the same way as Sanders the entire time. The Bears just did a better job of hiding their interest, ensuring that when the time came, they could go get their back.