Name: Alaan Montgomery
School: SUNY Brockport
What goals did you set and/or accomplish in your final collegiate season?
I wanted to be a leader, catch 5+ and 30+ tackles. I won our team’s leadership award named after our first ever head coach and field. I had 9 picks (10 if you wanna count one on a 2 point conversion). and 30 tackles exactly. I even exceeded my own expectations and earned All-American, All-Region, and All-Conference accolades. I would trade all the personal success for a run in the playoffs though without a doubt.
Q: How do you think you took advantage of the extra year of eligibility to increase your chances of going pro?
Since we didn’t compete during the covid year. I just treated it as a really long spring ball. I just wanted to emphasize technique and really get after it in the weight room and on the track/field. I would workout twice a day on top of practice. I would refuse to be outworked. Knowing I only had one shot guaranteed left I had to go out with a bang.
Q: What would your coaches and teammates say about the type of player you are?
Hardest worker in the room, never take a play off, and always optimistic. More tangible football things they’d say is I’m very instinctive I find the ball naturally and I always know the whole play if someone is out of position.
Q: When you are studying film, what are the things you focus on to improve your game?
When studying film I like to find team and player tendencies.. On hudl you can analyze how often a team ran their plays. So when I start my film study I sort the clips by top formations and then by top plays. So when I start watching day one and two I watch all the top pass concepts out of their top formations. By Thursday I feel pretty confident about which plays are coming so on saturdays I can see one route out of a formation and pretty much understand everything happening around me. But I also watch top runs just to see what teams like to use to set up passes. This also helps me know where I can fill in should a run break loose.
Q: What separates you from the other pro prospects at your position?
My length, knowledge, and willingness to adapt. Also not many can say they had 9 picks in a season.
Q: What is your offseason plan to train and prepare for professional opportunities?
I’m training prospective college and some college football players and working out with a trainer almost everyday. At least 5 days a week.
Q: What kind of strengths and abilities will you bring to a team that will stand out both on and off the field?
I’m a leader on the field and a role model off the field. On the field I can follow and execute a game plan. I love to make big plays. And teammates feed off my energy. I love community service and giving back to those in need. Whether that be guidance academically, spiritually, and/or emotionally.
Q: What is your final pitch to the NFL and any other pro leagues?
I am a playmaker, I am a role player. I will do whatever it takes to win. I love my teammates because I love anyone who loves football half as much as I do. I hate losing more than I love winning. If you need me to run a route I’ll do it. Hold field goals, long snap, I’ll be your covid qb. Just give me a shot.