When the Chargers selected Jonas “the assassin” Mouton (nickname given to him at Michigan for his big hit ability) with the #61 overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, fans and scouts nationwide were shocked. But was this the case of Mouton being selected too high? Or was this the case of fans and scouts “missing” and overlooking him?
According to Steve Muench of Scouts.com, the group of scouts had Jonas Mouton ranked to be selected in the 3rd day of the draft (meaning 4th round at the highest). Why did they have him ranked so low? Mouton entered the draft as an outside linebacker but looks more the part of an inside linebacker in the NFL. This is not to mention that he played for a miserable team which made it hard to shine. He also was not drafted to be a big time jump right in kind of player. He was “hand selected” by the San Diego Chargers new special teams coach Rich Bisaccia who is in the process of rebuilding one of the leagues worst special teams units. Here is what Muench had to say when looking back on Jonas Mouton as a prospect after we selected him 2nd round.
“We missed on him,” “I don’t know I would have taken him that high, but it wouldn’t be fair to say it was a big reach.” “But look at him again, I think he is a guy who can be a contributor,” “He has good instincts and he’s a good tackler … We can see what the Chargers liked in him.” – Steve Muench
He also added that San Diego was not the only team that was seriously interested in the Michigan prospect and that his rankings were far from accurate.