Possesses decent closing speed, but isn’t as explosive as his frame would indicate and doesn’t have that kind of second gear to instantly make a play on the football. However, exhibits slightly above-average range when asked to work in pursuit. Showcases a decent feel in zone coverage and can typically quickly find the football. But, lacks ideal body control when asked to re-route receivers off the line, has a tendency to stop moving his feet, lunge into his target and allows his man to easily get behind him.
Displays questionable desire and overall focus during parts of the game. Lacks an ideal motor, tends to drift in and out of games and doesn’t seem to work his way through adversity. Takes questionable angles when asked to break down in space and doesn’t have the type of pride to continue to work once he gets beat. Is a decent wrap-up guy in tight quarters, but is more of a catcher and doesn’t generate a ton of explosion into contact.
Impression: Displays some natural athletic ability, but isn’t a guy who I would take a chance on because of his overall lack of passion and fire for the game, which at times really jumps out on tape."
Positive: Athletic and explosive weak side linebacker prospect who makes plays sideline to sideline. Fast on the field and quickly pursues the action from all directions. Covers a great amount of area, uses his hands to protect himself, and rarely gets knocked off his feet. Plays with explosiveness and suddenness. Fluid pedaling in reverse, gets depth on drops, and shows ability in coverage.
Negative: Not a reliable tackler. Inefficient, takes too many steps to the action, and over pursues plays. Has average instincts. Timed poorly at the combine and pro-day.
Analysis: Mouton is an athletic prospect with the size to start on the weak side in a conventional defensive alignment. He needs to improve his instincts, yet he has a fair amount of upside."
Negatives: Has displayed a lack of discipline on the field, was suspended in 2009 for punching then Notre Dame center Eric Olsen during a game... Underwent shoulder surgery before the 2010 season, but has since been healthy and productive, durability only a small concern at this point... Sometimes takes himself out of plays by being to aggressive taking on blockers, needs to get better at flowing to the ball and evading blockers away from the play... Needs to do a better job of protecting his legs against cut blocks, plays a little high and does not utilize hands enough on blockers coming in at his ankles... Has not shown he can be an effective blitzer, hits gaps hard, but does not elude blockers well enough to be a legitimate pass-rushing threat... Needs to do a better job of getting off blocks when defending the run, does not have a lot of block-shedding moves to work with."
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