Man Cover Skills – He's really physical in the face of receivers. Does well to re-route and force receivers off their spot, but he's guilty of getting grabby at the top of the route stem and invited flags with how quick he is to place his hands on receivers.
Zone Cover Skills –Like him in Cover-2, where he can jam at the line of scrimmage and disrupt the route before sitting back down in hopes of finding a route that breaks into his area. Won't be successful playing deep third due to mobility and lack of wingspan to influence throws.
Feet/Change of Direction –His footwork is pretty clean, although his foot speed is not. He'll get exposed in leveraged positions by not being able to slide and give ground simultaneously to stay in position over the top of the route break. COD skills are average.
Ball Skills –When he's attached as the ball arrives, he's difficult to shake. Great hand-eye coordination, soft hands and has pulled in some impressive catches to convert turnover opportunities as well. He's not super long but his hand placement at the catch point is great.
Flexibility –He's much more of a straight line defender. When he's tasked with throwing open his hips to get vertical he doesn't show a lot of natural swing, which further complicates his transition and mobility. Will not look back to the ball in effort to recover and gain ground vertically.
Acceleration –He's severely limited, both in click and close situations and when looking to play turn and run coverage down the field. Will need safety help at all times if he's going to play on defense, as his speed and some tightness through the hips invites vertical challenges.
Zone Spacing –He's played some reps perfectly in C-2 and still been able to sink underneath vertical shots or seam passes. His explosiveness hinders his ability to spring into action unless he's seeing something telegraphed in front of his face.
Competitive Toughness –He's a hustler, there's no question about that. I'm a fan of how hard he works in rally support and he's really combative at the catch point to not quit on a play and play through the hands of receivers in an effort to save a catch.
Run Support –Bulldog against the run, especially on boundary plays. There have been maybe one or two times he let off the gas stepping down into the box and searching for the football and been unable to get back into the lane to fill.
Tackling –This is where he'll make money in the pros. He's a bit of a handcuffed player regarding scheme and usage but teams can certainly bank on him as a tackler and that should open doors for him from a special teams perspective.
BEST TRAIT – Competitive Toughness
WORST TRAIT – Speed
BEST FILM – Michigan State (2018)
WORST FILM – Ohio State (2018)
RED FLAGS – None
Montre Hartage projects more as a depth player and special teams option than he does as an every down player or defensive stalwart. Hartage comes up short in his ability to play turn and run coverage and his short area acceleration skills, which negatively hinder a lot of plus qualities about his game. Hartage is a plus tackler who should thrive on kick coverages and can be called upon as a potential depth cornerback in a Cover-2 heavy defensive system.
ROUND GRADE - Fifth Round