David Montgomery is a Chicago Bear!

Nov 3, 2018; Lawrence, KS, USA; Iowa State Cyclones running back David Montgomery (32) runs against Kansas Jayhawks linebacker Denzel Feaster (18) during the first half at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

For the first time since 2014, an Iowa State Cyclone had his name called during the NFL Draft on Friday when David Montgomery was taken by the Chicago Bears in the third round with the No. 73 overall pick.

Montgomery became the first Cyclone selected since Jeremiah George in 2014. The Cincinnati, Ohio native is the first Iowa State running back to be selected since Troy Davis in 1997.

In three seasons at Iowa State, Montgomery rushed for 2,925 yards and 26 touchdowns while earning first-team All-Big 12 honors in 2017 and 2018. Montgomery finished third in the Big 12 in rushing yards per game as a junior in 2018 with 101.3 yards per game.

He finished his career in the program’s top-10 for career rushing yards, career rushing touchdowns, career 100-yard games and all-purpose yards.

Former Iowa State wide receiver Hakeem Butler is also expected to be selected this weekend.

Jared Stansbury


Jared a native of Clarinda, Iowa, started as the Cyclone Fanatic intern in August 2013, primarily working as a videographer until starting on the women’s basketball beat prior to the 2014-15 season. Upon earning his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State in May 2016, Jared was hired as the site’s full-time staff writer, taking over as the primary day-to-day reporter on football and men’s basketball. He was elevated to the position of managing editor in January 2020. He is a regular contributor on 1460 KXNO in Des Moines and makes regular guest appearances on radio stations across the Midwest. Jared resides in Ankeny with his four-year-old puggle, Lolo.