Netane Muti 2020 NFL Draft Profile, Strengths, Weaknesses and Possible Fits

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Netane Muti 2020 NFL Draft Profile

2020 NFL Draft

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Netane Muti is an offensive lineman out of Fresno State who is projected to be an early-round selection in the 2020 NFL Draft. Though his last two seasons were cut short by injury, Muti has plenty of natural talent that could turn him into an impact player in the NFL. 

College Career: Born in Tonga, Muti attended high school in Hawaii and was initially committed to college there with the Rainbow Warriors. He eventually decided on Fresno State however, and redshirted in his first season following a preseason Achilles injury. 2017 was a good campaign for Muti; he started all 14 games on an offensive line that ranked third in the country for sacks and tackles for loss allowed. Muti would earn Honorable Mention All-Mountain West honors for that season. 

The injury bug again struck Muti in his 2018 (Achilles injury) and 2019 (Lisfranc foot injury), and he was only able to play five full games in those two campaigns. Despite the lack of field time, Muti chose to forego his final season of eligibility and declare for the 2020 NFL Draft. 

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Strengths: Muti has all the physical tools of an NFL-level guard. He’s got thick bones with great mass and crushing upper-body strength. Muti can push around opponents like a bulldozer and he plows through drives that knock opponents off balance. 

Muti has great power off the snap, and he can pop off blocks with a great level of agility. His hands are heavy and strong, and his grip strength allows him to move defenders around at will. Muti is solid against the bull rush, and can anchor himself into position effectively. 

Weaknesses: Injuries, injuries, injuries. Muti played just 19 games over a four-year stretch due to his various medical issues, and the injuries he suffered weren’t exactly minor. 

Beyond that, even when he’s healthy Muti’s footwork is somewhat sloppy, and as a pull blocker he doesn’t have much range. It’s difficult to maneuver that much mass with effectiveness, and Muti has issues with body control and getting his legs and torso to work in unison. Against those fast NFL-level rushers, Muti is going to have issues. 

Possible Fits: Despite all his drawbacks and limited field time, most mock drafts are still pretty high on Muti. Some even have him going as a late first-round pick. He’ll be quite valuable as a run blocker but he’s going to need some seasoning—and he’ll have to prove he can stay healthy. 

In any case, the highest we’re likely to see Muti go is No. 28 overall with Baltimore (which would probably be a good fit, but it seems like a reach to take him here) or maybe No. 31 overall with San Francisco (which still seems too high). The serious conversations will likely begin around No. 44 overall with Indianapolis, and Muti could offer genuine help to that blossoming Colts running game. 

Another interesting spot for Muti to go is No. 81 overall with Las Vegas. The Raiders offensive line needs some young blood, and they’ve got veteran guys on the roster who could help Muti develop his natural gifts. 

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