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Redskins Draft Montgomery In Fifth Round

The Redskins bulked up their defensive front on Sunday afternoon, drafting tackle Anthony Montgomery out of Minnesota in the fifth round (153rd overall) of the NFL Draft.

Montgomery is regarded as an athletic lineman with great size who has played well against the run and pass. The 6-5, 311-pounder played in 45 games with 23 starts at Minnesota, recording 137 tackles, 23 tackles for a loss and eight sacks during his career.

Montgomery adds solid depth to the Redskins' defensive tackle rotation. He joins a unit that includes starters Cornelius Griffin and Joe Salave'a and reserves Cedric Killings and Ryan Boschetti.

As a senior at Minnesota in 2005, Montgomery started 11 games and logged 41 tackles (23 solo), six tackles for a loss and three sacks. He also added an interception, two passes defended and a fumble recovery. He finished ninth on the team in tackles.

As a junior, Montgomery started 12 games and posted 48 tackles (36 solo), nine tackles for a loss, three sacks and one fumble recovery. He also had one interception and a pass breakup.

In 2003 as a sophomore at Minnesota, Montgomery appeared in all 13 games with six starts. He recorded 34 tackles (20 solo) with two sacks, eight tackles for a loss and a fumble recovery. He had appeared in nine games as a freshman and logged 14 tackles (nine solo).

Montgomery hails from Cleveland. At John F. Kennedy High School, he played several positions on both offense and defense--including quarterback at one point--for the football squad. He also lettered in basketball and baseball.

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