I would assume he meant the best player on the defense that is in the draft. Everyone should know that Martin is the best. And I fully expect him to be a first rounder next year.
Congrats to Jonas, but I literally couldn't believe it when I heard his name announced
Wow... I mean, I know he's good enough to be drafted. But I did not think he would be taken in the second round! ... Congrats!
Kuiper just said Mouton was the best player on Michigan's defense. Hulk smash!!!
I think the Hair-Helmet meant best senior
I refer to Mel as Count Draftula.
I hate myself for that.
The Count...1...2....3....how many more linebackers for Coach Mattison to turn into all American players and draft picks over the next four years?
Count Chocula...have some chocolate milk on this and make former Coach Barwis happy after your workout.
Michael "the count" Bisping..."stop hitting me"
undercoached..?? or Both?
Congrats Jonas! Make us proud!
Kiper just said Mouton was the best player on Michigan's defense... Hulk Smash!!!!!
That definitely caused me to raise an eyebrow as well.
Mouton goes before Greg Jones. Suck it Sparty.
I'd rather have the consecutive All-American who gets drafted a little later than a guy with enormous physical potential who alternates fantastic and atrocious plays.
And yet... suck it, Sparty
To me a team taking Mouton before Greg Jones, is why the games played Saturdays are better than Sundays. We all love MIchigan and Jonas, but come on.
I remember they said that Dick Butkus couldn't beat an old woman in the 40, but put a guy with a ball out there during an actual game, and he gets faster than anyone else on the field. More overscouting by guys trying to outthink the room. Makes you wonder if scouts place much if any weight on actual game performance and production.
The reputation players have that attend the university of Michigan places them that much above the elite pro talent the spartans have been known not to produce.
I'm not sure about anything the scouts say anymore. I think it depends on who a team likes, what scheme that have and who fits best in that scheme. Mouton was graded as a 57 (according to ESPN analysts), but he still was drafted in the second round. Now I'm pretty sure that Jones was graded higher, but he's still available.
Did Jones even get drafted on day 2? Pretty funny since all year they said he was the best LB in the nation.
Mouton: 117 tackles (59 solo, 52 asst), 2 sacks, 1 FF, 2 ints
Jones: 105 tackles (49 solo, 56 asst), 1 sack, 3 FF, 2 ints
Jones may have contributed more throughout his career but his stats look very similar to Mouton's. Which considering how elite Jones was (especially if he was supposedly the best LB in the country) I'd say that says quite a bit towards how well Jonas played this year.
I mentioned this on my blog a few weeks ago, but Mouton arguably had the best statistics of any Big Ten linebacker this year. He led the league in tackles and tacked on a couple interceptions and sacks. If Michigan's team/defense overall wasn't such a disappointment, he might have been first team All-Big Ten. The dudes from OSU (Homan, Rolle) had paltry numbers in comparison.
Way to represent Mouton! Goes to show the michigan name will get you a shot in the nfl regardless how dark these dark years of defense have been in aa.
I would never had thought that Mouton would go before Mallett.
#1 LB pick from the Big Ten. #4 overalll LB pick in the draft. Way to go Jonas!
didn't see that coming
haha forgot all about that, just another example of those family values breaking down at UM
Pretty crazy. Definitely happy for Mouton though.
Pretty crazy. Definitely happy for Mouton though.
The Pacific will stop him
Comment of the week candidate?
facebook and thete was a like button, I would press it.
This almost makes me mad.
Well, I got to give our sports anchor (I work at a local tv station in SD) the lowdown on Mouton. My exact words were...
Me: "One game he'll make three tackles for loss and the next he'll lose contain on the outside because he made a terrible read/took a terrible angle and give up a 60-yd TD run."
Sports Guy: "So he's inconsistent."
Me: "On this Michigan blog I read, there's this thing called UFR which assigns pluses and minuses for specific plays. Mouton was the only guy capable of putting up +10 in good plays and -10 in bad plays."
Sports Guy: "Inconsistent. Got it."
Of local sports news announcing....
I feel like I could write a 100-page missive on Mouton with footnotes referencing UFR and MGoBoard comments, but he has approximately 45 seconds to cover Mouton and the other guy they chose in the 2nd round simply because he's got 3 minutes for sports and other stuff to cover.
Even a liability at times. But this pick shows that he didn't reach his potential at Michigan. Coaching maybe?
Awesome for Mouton! Very unexpected though... kinda had him pegged to go in the fourth round. What's next? Obi Ezeh and Martell Webb in the third?
awesome..who knew we'd be able to use someone from last years d as a recruiting tool.
Good luck, Jonas. Very cool.
Good Job Jonas hope you have a long and successful career in the NFL.
Awesome for Mouton! He must have really impressed the SD staff. I hope he has a great pro career. Frankly shocked he went so early though. Same with Ponder.
Greg Mattison has turned Mouton into the next Ray Lewis by proxy.
Become a starter and give me an excuse to buy some Bolts gear. Glad you're headed back to Cali, but you always have a home here
I'm surprised. It seems, through the years, a lot more productive/consistent Michigan LBs have gone later.
I think he was probably a better player than Greg Robinson made him look
"I think we go with Mouton."
"Wasn't he not very productive in college?"
"Did you see the sceheme they ran last year? It was centered around a stuffed animal. They lined up the middle linebacker in the space the nose tackle is supposed to fart into. That was historically bad."
"This was his coach the last two years."
"Is that a hair model?"
All of the smack talk about who he got picked over is irrelevent. This is the lifelong dream of many young men in America and it just came true for him. No more having to worry about classes or papers unless he still is pursuing a degree. It is all about being a professional and doing what is asked of him. I have never been to the West Coast but like most of you, I guess that he will enjoy his new environment. I have no beef with San Diego since I am a Cowboy fan. The two clubs actually scrimmage one another during camp. I will, with a clear conscience, root for Jonas to tear the AFC up....just take it easy on Mr. Brady!
Congrats Jonas! Major props for sticking through the transition and not complaining. Tear it up.
It is possible, possible, that teams contacted Robinson to get the low down on Mouton, given his NFL background, and that Robinson's opinion was a contributing factor in getting Mouton drafted so high.
I admit it's possible, but there's no way they used it as a deciding factor for their decision. They might take his word that he's a great character guy or practices hard or whatever, but I don't think they're going to use him as a talent evaluator.
Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal has great contacts with scouts and puts out a very good draft guide every year. He had Mouton ranked the #10 OLB with the following evaluation:
Probably the best player on the nation's 110th-ranked defense. "I haven't seen a guy all year that was this fluid in his (pass) drops," one scout said. "This guy plays athletic, instinctively, tough. Then I get to the combine and no one could believe what he ran. But the time doesn't matter. People are going to see the same thing." Ran even slower at pro day three weeks later, a sign of questionable work habits. "He's a little moody," one scout said. "He needs a strong-handed coach. He's got to learn how to be a pro." Might fit best on the weak side in a 4-3. Finished with 264 tackles (18 for loss), three sacks and eight "big" plays as a three-year starter. From Los Angeles.
to have a word with that scout. I bet that scout looked mostly at the stats to come to the best player conclusion. Pretty hard to rack up stats when your being double and triple teamed almost every play if your Martin. Martin was clearly the best player on defense though.
Anyways congrats to Jonas. He showed flashes of pretty high potential, hopefully better defensive coaching in the NFL can make him a more consistent player.
What if he would have run well? Really happy for hijm since he had to go through a bunch of crap while here and it ended up paying off. I think his best asset will be his ability to drop into coverage as well as his pursuit. Get him the right coaching and the right guys around him and he should do well. San Diego is a good place for him.
Now I dont have to hate the friggin Chargers as much. Great spot for Jonas, I wish him the best and hopes he proves the nay sayers wrong.
Awesome. Congrats Jonas! When do you guys think Schilling will get drafted?
This is awesome. I am going to have to finally go to a Chargers game now.
Amazed he's a second round choice. I would have bet good money he would go in the late rounds, with a chance of not getting drafted at all, considering his less-than-stellar combine results. I've always been a Chargers fan, and this will be even more reason to root for them.
And in other news Greg Jones just got drafted....in the 6th round.
Congrats Jonas... He worked his ass off this year and deserves this draft selection.