Via KFFL, we have word about another player meeting the Kansas City Chiefs had at the 2011 NFL Combine. This time the Chiefs reportedly met with Michigan LB Jonas Mouton. The fifth year senior started 12 games in 2010 at weak side linebacker for the Wolverines. Mouton also reportedly spoke with the Chargers, Bills, Saints and Eagles.
NFL Draft Scout ranks Mouton as the 23rd best outside linebacker and projects him to go in the 7th round of the NFL draft, or go undrafted. He is 6'1" and weights 239 pounds. Despite playing outside during his college career, Mouton himself has been telling media at the NFL Combine that the 3-4 defensive teams speaking with him have him potentially pegged as an inside linebacker in the NFL.
More on Mouton, after the jump....
Mouton is probably most well-known for receiving a one-game suspension in 2009 for punching a Notre Dame player during a game. Mouton is not a team captain, although he was selected as a game captain a number of times during the 2010 season.
Since Mouton doesn't quite fit the typical mold of a Scott Pioli type player, I'm going to guess that his interview with the Chiefs was one of many KC will conduct with potential college free agents. Linebackers are popular picks for special teams because they're athletic, so perhaps that's why Pioli and company interviewed Mouton. It's not necessarily all about big names and high draft picks at the NFL Combine. Teams still have to fill out the entire roster and they'll evaluate players whether they're draft-able or not.
Keep an eye out in the moments after the 2011 NFL Draft. Jonas Mouton could be a college free agent signing for the Chiefs (unless there isn't a new CBA by then at which point signing undrafted free agents would be put on hold.
Here is the full draft interests table so far:
Click the header of a column to sort it. Click the player's name to learn more about the Chiefs' interest in them.
|Position||Player||School||Projected Round||Private Workout||Senior Bowl||Combine||Pro Day||Scouted 2010||Rumored Interest|
|OT||Anthony Castonzo||Boston College||2||x|
|WR||Dwayne Harris||East Carolina||5||x|
|NT||Jerrell Powe||'Ole Miss||3||x|