Chad Muma NFL Draft Overview
Weight: 239 pounds
Chad Muma 2022 NFL Draft Profile
Chad Muma is one of the many monster tacklers coming out of this NFL Draft class. Going into college, Muma converted from defensive back to linebacker. As many will see on the tape, Muma uses his prior experience at another position to bolster his abilities as a linebacker. His father and his grandfather played college football at Wyoming, however, Muma did not play in their shadows and made a masterpiece of his own.
In his first two seasons with the Wyoming Cowboys, Muma played in 14 games, racking up 53 tackles, three tackles for a loss, one sack, and one pass deflection. After Logan Wilson left for the NFL, Muma became the center of attention on the Cowboys defense. In his junior season, Muma played in only six games, racking up 71 tackles (11.8 tackles per game), eight tackles for a loss, one pass deflection, one fumble recovery, one forced fumble, and three sacks. After his junior season, Muma was nominated to First-Team All-Mountain West.
Muma broke out this past season, leading the nation in tackles. Other than that, he racked up eight tackles for a loss, 1.5 sacks, three interceptions with two being touchdowns, and one fumble recovery. After his outstanding senior season, Muma was invited to the 2022 Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama along with being named Third Team AP All-American. He also qualified as a finalist for the Dick Butkus Award.
Chad Muma allowed 1 TD in coverage his whole career 🤠 pic.twitter.com/ggJqXC1l3S
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2022 Draft LBs – Career Passer Rating allowed (targets):
Troy Andersen – 68.9 (77)
Nakobe Dean – 70.5 (90)
Devin Lloyd – 78.7 (93)
Chad Muma – 88.5 (72)
Quay Walker – 95.6 (61)
Leo Chenal – 98.7 (36)
Channing Tindall – 103.5 (31)
Christian Harris – 120.7 (122)
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- Took two interceptions back to the house
- Great when defeating blocks in space
- Keeps body square in the box
- Heavy hitter
- Great at taking angles to the ball
- Played defensive back in high school
- Natural instincts
- Could be a three-down linebacker
- Has not faced the best competition
- Speed is average; has trouble keeping up with faster running backs and tight ends
- Can get flatfooted
- Stiff hips
- Patience can wear thin when diagnosing a play
Projection: Third Round
Bottom Line On Chad Muma
Being a converted defensive back, Chad Muma provides the versatility and intelligence needed at the next level. He is a tackling monster with a big hit ability. Muma also can cover, which is an ability many “MIKE” linebackers don’t have at the NFL level. When rushing the passer, Muma hits the gaps with explosiveness and decent speed. Though he can be inconsistent in disengaging blocks from the opposition, he has the lateral agility to move downfield and takes great angles.
Many worries that Muma racked up great numbers against subpar competition and are questioning whether that will translate to the NFL. At times, his hips will stiffen along with his feet getting flatfooted. He has the ability to disengage blocks, but the inconsistency of his technique could lead him to fall behind at the next level. Despite having the ability to cover, his average speed can put him at a disadvantage against faster running backs and tight ends.
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