3. Ty Montgomery
While no one could envision Montgomery ever becoming the team’s primary runner at the start of 2016, the Pac-12 product steadily climbed up the depth chart following Eddie Lacy’s season-ending injury.
The converted wide receiver proved to be a quick study in terms of being a pure runner by exhibiting patience, power and vision when carrying the football.
His explosiveness to run away from second and third-level defenders allowed him to rush for gains for 61, 36 and 26 yards in a memorable 162-yard outing versus the Bears in Week 15.
And as far as his ability to make defenders miss, Montgomery earned a league-high 116.4 elusiveness grade by PFF.
The two major questions concerning No. 88 heading into training camp are: Is he big enough to be a volume runner and can he develop into a viable pass blocker?
As for his size, Montgomery has bulked up to 220 pounds in the offseason. But with three new rookies brought in via the draft, the Stanford spark plug will probably never be expected to take on 20-plus totes on a weekly basis.
The blocking aspect, on the other hand, has been the young veteran’s top priority especially when it comes to reading defenses and picking up the blitz.