Injury History: Ruptured Achilles (2016), Another Ruptured Achilles (2018), Lisfranc Foot Injury: Required Surgery (2019)
Games Evaluated: 2019 Vs: USC Minnesota, 2017 Vs: Alabama, Houston
Report By: Jack Bourgeois
Limited functional athleticism with stiff hips and lacks fluidity in movement. Muti's change of direction isn't pretty but hasn't shown signs of being a liability either. Exceptional contact balance when exploding into his blocks at the point of attack. Likely has the biggest highlight reel of explosive blocks that result in opponents being demolished and flatted. His scheme versatility is limited due to his lack of agility but is equally strong in both the run and the pass.
RUN BLOCKING: 7.42
Movement off L.O.S.: 8.70
Reach Block: 6.40
Pull & Block Outside: 6.20
Adjust In Space: 6.50
Use of Hands: 7.90
Netane is one of the best run-blocking interior linemen in this year's draft class. His drive off the line of scrimmage is decent but he typically wins by turning his opponents away from the running lane and uses their momentum to block them completely out of the play. He's an adequate reach blocker but is limited against elite gap shooting DT's with a quicker first step. Pulling across the line isn't his strong suit and although he's great at locating and taking proper angles, Netane is often late to the party. Can move into the second level and locates with ease but could certainly be quicker doing so. Possesses meat hooks for hands and once he's engaged defenders, it's near impossible to shed him due to his powerful upper body and grip strength.
PASS BLOCKING: 6.95
Quick Set: 7.00
Protect Corner: 6.40
Footwork / Redirect & Slide: 5.80
Anchor / Reset Ability: 7.50
Handle Games/Stunts: 7.00
Hands / Punch: 8.00
Netane plays in a phone booth. Explosive out of his stance but can improve his quick set technique. He wins with leverage and proper inside hand placement. His feet are very inactive and he tends to plant and press instead of keeping them turning when anchoring. Was more active early in his collegiate career likely due to the multiple lower-body injuries that plagued him through his time at Fresno State. The kickslide is choppy and the redirect isn't pretty but he gets the job done. It's ugly... but he wins, so if a team can clean up his footwork, he'll only get better. When playing LT, he had success protecting the corner but his reach and compact frame gave him trouble against lengthy speed rushers.
Consistency / Motor: 8.00
Toughness is outstanding from a play standpoint. Muti plays extremely aggressive and is likely the last guy on the field you'd want to get into a fight with but his injury history is a MAJOR RED FLAG. He has a great motor and features the same effort and power from the first play to the last. Again, it may have been ugly but the production is unquestionable when on the field. He hardly ever gave up a pressure, much less a sack, and consistently owned opponents in the run game.
Struggled to recognize blitzes that weren't directly in front of him and was oblivious to helping out on overloads to the opposite side. He plays with tunnel vision and will need to be able to stay on the field in order to continue to grow.
After putting up 44 reps of 225 at the combine, power and elite play strength is the obvious answer. He mauls defenders with his ability to lock on and not let go. Muti is a dominant run blocker who plays with a relentless, in your face all game long type of attitude. He simply plays mean and is looking to take anyone's head off any chance he gets. Anchors well and uses sound leverage technique with his compact build.
His weaknesses firmly lie in his lower body mechanics. He plays in the mud and his feet are very sluggish, especially when anchoring against the bullrush. He needs to improve his foot quicks, lateral movement, and hip fluidity. The biggest cause for concern is certainly his injury history and he has very short arms. He only played one full season at Fresno State and suffered 3 season-ending lower-body injuries (2 Achilles, 1 foot).
If Netane Muti can stay healthy, his potential as an interior offensive linemen is outstanding. Coaches are always looking for guys who block with power and possess a mean streak. He not only held his own but he dominated first-round talents early in his career, guy's like Daron Payne and Ed Oliver couldn't handle his power and were dominated at the point of attack. His skillset isn't scheme specific but he's best suited in a downhill run-heavy system that'll allow him to impose his will on defenders. If not for his injuries, we'd be talking about him as a day two guy but the red flags can't be ignored.
Draft stock: Mid 3rd-Late 4th
Team Fits: Jaguars, Ravens, Seahawks
Player Comp: Will Hernandez