The Washington Redskins added another young quarterback with upside to their roster in Steven Montez. Here’s why he went undrafted.
The Washington Redskins have done a nice job of building up a quarterback room that has some intriguing young talent in it. Obviously, the headliner is 2019 first-round pick Dwayne Haskins, who struggled at times as a rookie but improved as the season went along. But there are some other players in the room as well.
The Redskins traded a fifth-round pick to the Carolina Panthers in exchange for Kyle Allen. Last season, Allen started 12 games for the Panthers. He slowed considerably after a good start but the 24-year-old has the tools needed to continue developing and is a rock-solid backup at the very least.
And after the draft, the Redskins added one more young QB to their roster. It was undrafted free agent Steven Montez. The Colorado product once had some potential Day 2 buzz thanks to his great size (6-4, 231) and his strong arm.
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But despite his positives and his good showing at the NFL Combine, Montez fell to the ranks of the undrafted. As WalterFootball.com’s Charlie Campbell detailed in a recent piece, Montez falling out of the draft all boiled down to his lack of consistency.
Team sources say some had Montez graded on Day 3 while others had him undrafted. They felt he was too streaky, but many thought something was missing as well. Thus, Montez did not cause teams to fall in love enough to spend a pick on him.
That’s understandable, as consistency is one of the key traits teams look for in quarterbacks.
But with that said, Montez could end up being a steal if he can improve and learn Scott Turner‘s offense. He does have the tools needed to be a solid quarterback at the next level. It’s just about putting it all together.
Montez would be the perfect candidate to be the third quarterback on the Redskins roster. If Alex Smith can’t get healthy and return to the field in 2020, the ‘Skins could opt to keep Montez around and develop him with Haskins and Allen. He may not pan out, but given the uncertainty they’re facing at the position, having a few young options in the fold to evaluate certainly wouldn’t hurt.
If not the active roster, Montez would seemingly be a practice squad shoo-in given his skill set and the team’s need to keep a third passer around to help run the scout team. But that would run the risk of another team claiming him on waivers to add young depth and potential talent to their quarterback room.
Landing Montez as an undrafted free agent was a great move for Washington. It will be interesting to see what he can accomplish in a shortened offseason but he certainly stands a chance of making the roster in 2020.