Chargers no. 3 Draft Bust: Jonas Mouton, linebacker (2011, second round)
A former five-star recruit according to Scout Media, Mouton’s story is an unfortunate one. During his time at the University of Michigan, he was a four-year letterman, appearing in 44 games and accruing 34 starts at weakside linebacker.
A tackling machine, the Los Angeles native notched over 250 total tackles with the Wolverines along with 18 tackles for loss, four interceptions and three career sacks. Following his senior season in 2010, he was recognized with an All-Big Ten second-team selection by the media and recognized as Michigan’s top linebacker with the Roger Zatkoff Award.
After being selected at the end of the second round by the Bolts with the 61st overall pick, Mouton’s NFL career reads like a short obituary. Due to a series of injuries, he was only able to appear in three games (all coming in 2012) and was ultimately out of the league by 2014.
The Michigan product was placed on injured reserve only three weeks into his rookie season and was also inactive to start the following campaign in 2012. In 2013, he suffered a torn ACL in training camp, thus wiping out what would be his last season in the pros. Hindsight is always a big annoyance when it comes to the draft but this selection stings even more knowing that Pro Bowlers Justin Houston (70th overall) and K.J. Wright (99th) were picked after Mouton.