At 23 years old, the 2013 draft marks the first time the oldest son of football legend Joe Montana is eligible to join the NFL. After a college career that saw him play at four different schools, Nate Montana is trying to get his foot in the door, NFL.com reports. He participated in the annual NFL Super Regional Combine Monday (April 8), in Texas, showing his skills before the draft begins on April 25.
Nate, a quarterback like his dad, may have a tough road ahead of him, though. According to analyst Bucky Brooks, Montana is a “long shot” for this year’s draft, noting a weak throwing arm as what’s holding him back. “It’s going to be hard for him to transition to the next level,” Brooks says, “His passes don’t have zip. He has difficulty making pro throws.”
While Brooks doesn’t have high hopes for Montana’s pro football prospects, another analyst doesn’t think all hope is lost just yet. Gil Brandt believes Nate should be invited to a team’s training camp, if nothing else, based on his size and pedigree alone.
Nate’s dad Joe had a career that spanned 16 seasons, 14 of them with the San Francisco 49ers. He retired in 1994.