Mixed reviews on QB Montana at regional combine

Mixed reviews on QB Montana at regional combine
April 9, 2013, 9:00 am
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It's going to be hard for him to transition to the next level. His passes don't have zip. He has difficulty making pro throws.
—NFL.com analyst Bucky Brooks on Nate Montana

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Nate Montana, the older of the two well-traveled sons of 49ers Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana, drew mixed reviews from two NFL.com analysts during a regional combine Monday at Cowboys Stadium.

NFL.com analyst Gil Brandt said he believes Montana deserves an opportunity in an NFL training camp. Brandt wrote on Twitter that Montana "showed good arm, feet." He added that at his size (6 foot 4, 215 pounds), Montana looks the part.

Meanwhile, fellow NFL.com analyst Bucky Brooks saw things quite differently.

"It's going to be hard for him to transition to the next level," Brooks said. "His passes don't have zip. He has difficulty making pro throws.

"He's a great kid, his measurables are fine, but in terms of playing at the next level, his performance here was not very good."

Nate Montana, who played one season at West Virginia Wesleyan, was not among the 16 quarterbacks invited to the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis two months ago. Mel Kiper Jr. ranks Montana 70th out of the 82 quarterbacks he lists in his annual draft report. NFLDraftScout.com has Montana rated as the 41st quarterback available.

Nate Montana was the third-string quarterback at national powerhouse De La Salle in Concord. He was a backup at three different schools in his first three years of college eligibility: Pasadena City College, Notre Dame and Montana before finishing at West Virginia Wesleyan, an NCAA Division II school.

He played in nine games and attempted 50 or more passes in seven of his appearances. Montana completed 51.6 percent of his passes, averaged 275.6 yards passing per game, but just 5.6 yards per attempt, with 19 touchdowns and seven interceptions.

Nate's younger brother, Nick, has always been considered the better prospect. Nick signed with Tulane and will be a junior in the fall after transferring from Mt. San Antonio College. Nick began his college career at Washington. He was highly recruited out of Oaks Christian after he transferred from De La Salle.

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