One name that hasn’t exactly been in many Charger fan thoughts is Jonas Mouton.
The Chargers drafted him last year in the 2nd round.
In the 2011 NFL draft, Jonas Mouton was considered a mid to late 3rd or early 4th round pick, so it kind of raised eyebrows when A.J. Smith picked up Mouton late in the 2nd round. (61st overall).
We all know how Smith’s attitude is when it comes to the draft. If he wants a guy, he’ll get him no matter what, even if he has to waste a 2nd round pick to get the same guy he could’ve picked up in the 3rd round.
With that attitude, it’s no wonder we’ve had a series of underwhelming drafts.
Out of Michigan, Mouton had a solid College career. In 2010 he led the Big Ten Conference in tackles and was a second All-Conference selection my the media.
There’s no doubt this guy has a competitive mean streak after being suspended for punching an opposing player in the 2009 Michigan-Notre Dame rivalry game.
I’m thinking and hoping that once he gets into the groove of being in the NFL, Mouton will be a solid force with our already vastly improved linebacking core.
“I’m just trying to be the player I know I can be. Everybody tells me I have potential. It’ll take a little time,” Mouton explains.
Takeo Spikes turns 36 in December and will be entering the final year of his contract in 2013. As much as I like Spikes, he’s nearing the end of his football career, so it’s possible that Mouton could be starting alongside Donald Butler next year.