Packers Select Stanford Wide Receiver Ty Montgomery

The former Cardinal will most likey get the first chance to see the field on kick returns.

Does anyone remember the sinking feeling in the pit of their stomach every time the Packers went back to return a kickoff last year? DuJuan Harris, bless him, would certainly try valiantly to do the best he could in a role he was never meant for.

Inevitably, the Packers would start somewhere inside the 20 yard line after yet another disappointing kickoff return. Aaron Rodgers would be counted on, yet again, to march the offense the length of the field.

Well, say goodbye to all that.

In selecting Stanford's Ty Montgomery, the Packers have a bona fide threat at kick returner and a guy who they can groom in their system who could very much be a true play maker in time. Montgomery is Stanford's career kickoff return yardage leader. He also returned two punts for touchdowns last year.

 

Here's our live reaction to the selection from the CHTV Livestream:

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

May 01, 2015 at 11:05 pm

Ahem, there are 4 more rounds, UDFA, and possibly May 12 signings if I recall the date correctly.

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PackerAaron's picture

May 01, 2015 at 11:06 pm

Ahem, where did we say otherwise?

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That’sWhatCheesehead's picture

May 01, 2015 at 11:21 pm

this dude is exciting. now someone bigger who plays on defense please...

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phillythedane's picture

May 01, 2015 at 11:28 pm

The draft so far appears to say: Demetri Goodson has yet to make the leap; Casey Hayward may not be the answer on the outside; Carl Bradford may have made the leap; TT likes what he sees in Joe Thomas who, as I understand it, was having an impressive camp until he got hurt.

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RCPackerFan's picture

May 01, 2015 at 11:29 pm

I really like this pick. He immediately addresses one of the biggest weaknesses in the team. KR.

Also he brings a little bit of Cobb with him. Meaning he is a versatile player. Can line up at WR, RB, everywhere.

This also provides insurance in case Abbrederis doesn't come back strong from his injury, and/or if Janis doesn't develop.

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Idiot Fan's picture

May 01, 2015 at 11:36 pm

Man, training camp needs to start on Monday...

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ScottH's picture

May 02, 2015 at 01:19 am

When Ted says they'll address the linebacker situation it sounds like we can only expect a slightly modified group going into training camp, not like he could have done much else anyway. Which makes this draft so far a solid B. That kick returner is going to be a huge pick.

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tm_inter's picture

May 02, 2015 at 01:24 am

I'm excited by our first 3 picks - they're all playmakers, difference makers.

Can't wait to see who else Ted Thompson will pick tomorrow. TT and our scouts are geniuses!

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Amanofthenorth's picture

May 02, 2015 at 07:41 am

That's right. The two db's are smart, quick ball hawk types. Q is smooth as heck. And glad that Hyde and Cobb don't have to worry about returns next year. This kid catches punts like Hyde. Just gets it.

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FITZCORE1252's picture

May 02, 2015 at 02:21 am

So, if there's a decent chance we just solved our Kick/Punt return woes with a third rounder... Score! If he adds something to the WR room... Bonus! Just remember how bad our return game has been of late.

"A larger Randall"!?!? Sign me up!

That video just reaffirmed my admiration for Ted. A little kooky, but what a wiley Sonofabitch. To the haters... hate now... you will miss him when he's gone. Guaranteed.

Ted feels good with ILB as it sits. Thus, so do I.

Don't sweat the small stuff, just keep drafting ballers and life is good.

#Tedding

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jh9's picture

May 02, 2015 at 06:00 am

A quality return specialist was certainly a need for the Packers and it looks like they filled that need with Montgomery. But I could also see how Montgomery could be of great use in a four receiver set--Cobb at tailback, Montgomery in the slot, Nelson and Adams on the outside. With AR as the trigger man, that would be a very hard receiving combination for any team to stop.

With regard to the ILB position, all I can say about the draft so far is that TT must be operating with information no one else knows. By that I mean he either knows Carl Bradford and Joe Thomas are better than any of the ILBs in this draft or he knows he can trade for one, like Mychal Kendricks from Philadelphia.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

May 02, 2015 at 02:47 pm

Interesting suggestion, jh9, about TT knowing what he's got at ILB or possible trade. That would explain a lot, and your comment added something to the comments and for us to think about.

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White92's picture

May 02, 2015 at 06:34 am

It's a passing league. Can't have too many good receivers especially when they have a tendency to bolt for more dough as soon as they get the chance. You need a pipeline. Looks at bad teams like the Bears. No pipeline of good receivers and they are forced to go to free agency to shore up with overvalued, aging veterans. Packers and Ted have that piece figured out.

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Lphill's picture

May 02, 2015 at 06:59 am

I am shocked at these picks . I don't understand what is going on .passing on linebackers and pass rushers for 3 insignificant picks.

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HankScorpio's picture

May 02, 2015 at 07:44 am

When AJ Hawk and Brad Jones were not on the field in 2014, the LB play was fine. TT has removed temptation from Capers by moving on from both. Barrington and Bradford are a year more experienced. Matthews has had a taste of life inside so there should be less growing pains when he's inevitably spotted inside. I think there is reason to believe they will be improved at LB simply by in house development.

Don't get me wrong. I would have loved to seen LB drafted before day 3. Capers runs a LB orientated system so a strong LB group is critical. But if it's not working out that way, it's not working out that way.

I sure can't fault them from trying to make the pass game stronger on both sides of the ball. They lost two valuable CBs...replaced. They were not very deep in the WR group last year. So adding a guy to the WR room that also stands a good chance of upgrading the return game is a definite help to the overall strength of the team.

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Lphill's picture

May 02, 2015 at 07:28 am

Denzel Perryman is gonna be a playmaker , absolute mistake not getting him.

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4thand1's picture

May 02, 2015 at 08:58 am

So the Pack stays true to their board and some people don't like it. lmao, Ted never gives a clue about what the draft board looks like. CB is more important than reaching for a ILBer.

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mrtundra's picture

May 03, 2015 at 09:35 am

In Ted I trust.

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MITM's picture

May 02, 2015 at 09:18 am

I am a diehard Packers fan, i live and die by what this team does. We drafted a baseball player, a basketball player and a receiver with our first 3 picks. ILB is a dire need. No LB we could have taken in round 2 or round 3 would have been a reach. All you Packers fans/ TT fanboys so soon have forgotten the site of Marshawn Lynch breaking through our tackles like he was a cheat code in NFL Blitz. But no, we'll take 2 dbs who played other sports who MAY pick off passes next season, but will not be bringing down Lynch, AP etc. We are NOT okay at the position with Joe Thomas and Carl Bradford, stop thinking TT knows it all, howd that philosophy workout at safety before HaHa fell in our laps? To not sign a FA LB ala a Philip Wheeler is nothing short of irresponsible at this point, and thats the truth. We are trying to win a God damn Super Bowl you CANNOT ignore positional needs and think we are going to be able to get by with UDFAs and day 3 picks. Jerron Mcmillian and MD Jennings SUCKED and we trotted them out there and expected them to succeed because TT is such a genius, bullshit. Micah Hyde already does what Randle was drafted for and he does it damn well too. Rollins okay i get the upside at CB but he played one year of football. We wont be tackling ANYTHING again this season. Sam Barrington is a damn fine starter at one spot, but he is not Ray Lewis where you can just plug in any LB next to him in a 3-4 and not worry about it. TT blew it unless a trade is made for a LB but we all know that wont happen. Same defense of drag down tacklers behind Clay Barrington and HaHa. They could have taken Montgomery in the fourth round and took a chance on Dawson in 3. Hell we could have taken Randle round 2 and Rollins round 3 everything was a reach. Awful. Somebody has to agree

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MITM's picture

May 02, 2015 at 09:43 am

Whose the best available Hockey player left? Maybe we can take him to play ILB.

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4thand1's picture

May 02, 2015 at 09:48 am

A lot of people will agree with you. You , me, or anyone knows what will happen this year. The Packers know what they have, see them every day, and have been really good at fixing glaring problems. IMO ST's is the biggest problem, it cost the Packers a trip to the SB.

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EdsLaces's picture

May 02, 2015 at 10:07 am

I love the Collins pick. Would have been a great second round pick especially after we drafted ANTHONY in the first! This draft would have been amazing if we didn't get TWO dbs in a row! We will be "fine" @ mlb? Who the hell wants to be"fine" at any position. I want to be at least good if not great. If we would have snagged a mlb early we would have a blast in the draft today. If we don't get a Wilson or at least a Heeney type guy TT needs his head checked. (Yes I know I mouthed Heeney the other day but I'm DESPERATE!!!!!)

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4thand1's picture

May 02, 2015 at 10:20 am

Being desperate sucks. Apparently the Packers weren't happy with relying on House and Williams and had these guys high on their board. Passing passing passing is what its all about. The only reason Gurley and Gordon were taken is because they are special players. Teams don't worry to much about stopping the run.

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HankScorpio's picture

May 02, 2015 at 01:43 pm

Why doesn't the Venn Diagram of "Diehard Packer fans" and "TT fanboys" not have 100% overlap? What kind of a "Diehard Packer fan" doesn't like 3 NFC CG appearances under TT?

I guess maybe the one that is 20 years old or under, and thus doesn't remember the 80s, or worse the 70s.

But still, TT's record is nearly as impressive as Wolf's. Wolf is HoF. What am I missing here?

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

May 02, 2015 at 03:05 pm

Hank, I agree with parts of MITM's diatribe, but I believe that since TT is a GM that relies mostly on the draft and UDFA, and given GB's success, the only logical conclusion is that TT is pretty darn good at acquiring talent via those two routes. I have to admit that I don't really like his draft so far this year, not because of the players he selected, but due to the players he passed on. That doesn't mean I hate Rollins, Randall or Montgomery or that I think they won't develop into good players, I just don't think they were BPA. I thought looking at the players available when GB was on the clock that TT could have delivered a knock-out draft this year that would propel the team for the next few years. I don't think he has so far. I'm okay with ignoring ILB early (I like Ryan just fine in the 4th BTW) because unless they overdrafted an ILB in the 1st, they were going to have trouble getting one of the big 5 ILBers we've commented on here on this site, short of trading up, which is always expensive. Passing on Dawson is understandable - I liked him but I wasn't at his interview to assess his off the field stuff and attitude, and therefore must defer to TT's judgment on that. I am unfortunately easily old enough to remember the '70s and '80s, and a bit of the '60s.

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HankScorpio's picture

May 02, 2015 at 03:28 pm

My comment was really in response to the use of the term "fanboy" in a context that clearly indicated he did not consider himself one. During his tenure, the Packers have been one of the top franchises in the game. You don't have to consider TT to be infallible to have an appreciation for the overall job he's done.

I'm old enough to remember the 70 and 80s. It was awful. I watched what I thought was a very dangerous roster erosion when Sherman was GM. I know that what Wolf did helped get him to the HoF (deservedly so) and know TT's record isn't that far off Wolf's record. I proudly call myself a fan of TT. And am truly baffled by anyone that calls themselves a Packer fan but not a TT fan.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

May 02, 2015 at 04:31 pm

Fair enough, Hank. I've always written that I consider TT to be in the top 3 to 5 as a GM, despite not liking Rd. 3 last year, and not being impressed with this draft so far.

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Samson's picture

May 02, 2015 at 05:13 pm

Sorry Hank, but, there are many PackFans who believe a HC & a GM greatly benefit from an elite QB. --- Give credit where credit is due. TT might be long gone from Wisconsin if it weren't for AR. (I know, I know --- TT drafted AR)

I too remember the 60s, 70s & 80s. ---- Elite QBs carry almost all teams regardless of the GM.

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HankScorpio's picture

May 02, 2015 at 06:02 pm

Samson,

In essence, your point is that if you take away his best move, he's not that good. It's not very convincing. Do you have anything that doesn't ignore inconvenient realities? I mean, we're talking about the reality where TT drafted Rodgers and MM developed him, not the fantasy where they didn't.

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Samson's picture

May 02, 2015 at 10:11 pm

AR is easily the best player in the NFL.
AR would likely be the best player no matter who drafted him or coached him.

Are you saying Jim Brown, Walter Payton, Gales Sayers, Joe Montanna, Tom Brady, etc. etc. etc. are all products of their GMs & HCs??? ---- Absolutely ridiculous. --- Same with AR. He was destined for NFL stardom no matter where he played. -- TT/MM are average at best. AR makes them, not the other way around.

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barutanseijin's picture

May 02, 2015 at 07:07 pm

There were a lot of you guys who didn't like Jermichael Finley. Not liking TT seems pretty much the same thing to me.

What's funny is that i don't consider myself a TT fan, but i have fewer problems with this draft than people who used to trust in Ted.

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Samson's picture

May 02, 2015 at 02:16 pm

MITM
Of course many have to agree with you. Problem is that the homers around here have TT posters hanging over their beds. ---- TT is planning for 2017 or 2018. ---- While everyone else is looking at season 2015.

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egbertsouse's picture

May 02, 2015 at 12:23 pm

I'm totally not impressed with TT's draft so far. I was hoping he would trade up in the 2nd and get an ILB. Apparently, TT's plan for ILB is to plug in a 7th rounder and an UDFA and keep his fingers crossed that it works....

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J0hn Denver's Gavel's picture

May 03, 2015 at 11:21 am

I really really like the Quinten Rollins pick. I think if he was eligible to play college football another year, he'd be the top cb prospect in the 2016 draft. Joe Whitt will whip these two new dbs into shape. As far as not drafting an ilb early, I dont think it's as big of a mistake as most do here. Passing on Dawson in the 3rd shows TT had no interest in him. That 4.92 40 time combined with his animosity towards his coaching staff last year was too much for TT. A combination of Clay, Barrington, Thomas, Ryan and Bradford seems more than adequate to me. Especially with the limited amount of base 3-4 the D plays.

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MITM's picture

May 03, 2015 at 01:21 pm

Hank, what i meant by the term fanboy is the people that think TT can do no wrong when it comes to the draft. My point is that we were blessed enough to have Favre and Rodgers back to back, we only got 1 SB win out of Favres tenure, and i dont want the same result from Rodgers because after hes gone who knows what will happen. We should have won the Super Bowl last year and we all know it. Championship game "appearances" arent enough when you have an all world QB like Rodgers who has an embarrassment of riches at WR and with Lacy.

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