Netane Muti – Fresno State – 6’3″ – 315 pounds
If you just watch a highlight reel of Netane Muti of Fresno State, you would probably think that he should be a first round draft pick. Muti can do it all. He mauls people in the run game, he pass protects really well, and unlike most other maulers, he is athletic enough to pull and easily get to the second level to engage linebackers and safeties. That athleticism is why I have him on this list while several others in this draft class I eliminated as not being a fit for the Chiefs.
So why is Muti only number five on this list? The answer is easy: injuries. Muti’s last two seasons were cut drastically short by injuries. In fact, he totaled only 318 total snaps over his final two college seasons, so Muti will be a gamble for whichever team drafts him. If his injuries are now behind him and he’s full strength, he’ll be an absolute steal and a potential All-Pro caliber lineman. Or he could be one of those guys that can just never stay healthy and eventually fizzles out of the league.
Pro Football Focus likes his tape enough that they still have him listed as their top interior offensive lineman in this draft class. You can hear them talk about him in the video below.
Muti’s injury history make him a gamble. That’s why he’s not at or near the top of my list, but his upside was too good to ignore. Next up, a center prospect who fits what the Chiefs are looking for.