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Chad Muma scouting report: Will the Wyoming LB be the latest from the Laramie pipeline at the position to be selected in the NFL Draft?

Laramie, Wyoming, is becoming an unlikely linebacker pipeline to the NFL. Two years ago, two players at the position left the city to play in the NFL. In the 2022 NFL Draft, Wyoming linebacker Chad Muma is earning significant national attention in his senior season. With a Senior Bowl invite in his inbox and scouts across the country labeling him as a riser in the class, does Muma’s scouting report suggest the potential to join former teammate Logan Wilson in the NFL?

Chad Muma NFL Draft Profile

  • Position: Linebacker
  • School: Wyoming
  • Current Year: Senior
  • Height: 6’3″
  • Weight: 242 pounds

Chad Muma Scouting Report

The 2022 NFL Draft linebacker class has been met with some derision among scouting circles. The “LB1” accolade was unclear before the season, and there is a genuine lack of consensus even now. While Nakobe Dean and Devin Lloyd have put together impressive arguments this campaign, Christian Harris and DeMarvion Overshown also have their fans.

Despite those frontrunners, anyone could emerge to challenge the “established elite” of the class. This is where we find Muma. The senior linebacker is ascending in the class, and Muma’s scouting report reveals why.

Muma is often referred to as a classic three-down linebacker, and upon watching him, it’s easy to see why. He rushes the passer, plays strong against the run, and has coverage ability — no doubt helped by his experience as a high school defensive back.

As a pass rusher, Muma attacks gaps with explosiveness and decent straight-line speed. It often appears like he’s been fired out of a cannon when he gets a clear run at the quarterback. Furthermore, he flashes excellent lateral agility to redirect around blockers with relative ease.

Ability to disengage, diagnose, and deadly as a tackler

In general, Muma is impressive where blockers are concerned. Not only does he showcase that lateral agility to evade blockers, but he has game-changing technical ability to disengage and overcome them. This is particularly apparent against the run game.

The Wyoming linebacker has excellent ability to diagnose against the run. He reads the play well and is rarely wrong-footed. Furthermore, he can fill gaps to prevent big running plays. Muma also has decent sideline-to-sideline range, enabling him to chase down ball carriers.

As a tackler, Muma is a heavy hitter. You don’t want to meet him in the alley. But, more than this, he is efficient. In the games studied, he allowed very few broken tackles.

Finally, Muma appears to be a leader on the field. He routinely directs teammates in addition to leading with his physical play style. When you add in his special-teams ability and experience, Muma has all the hallmarks of an impressive NFL Draft prospect.

Areas for improvement

While Muma’s scouting report reveals some alluring pro potential, there are some areas for improvement. Furthermore, there are some limiting factors to the Wyoming linebacker’s scouting report.

Although it shouldn’t matter, Muma has yet to face significant opposition in his college football career. Smaller school prospects often have the “level of competition” objection thrown at them. Muma’s invitation to the Senior Bowl will be the perfect opportunity to showcase his ability against the best in the nation.

Despite his 3 interceptions, Muma has limitations in coverage. While he’s impressive as an athlete coming downhill, he is a little clunky in his movements when the play is behind him.

Although his high school injury hasn’t caused any college career issues, that could be a red flag leveled against him by NFL teams. We know that high school injuries that led to missed time are something that teams can hold against players.

Chad Muma Player Profile

Legend. The dictionary defines the word as an extremely notorious or famous person, especially in a particular field. It also happens to be a high school in Parker, Colorado. The two may become inextricably linked by Muma, who played his high school football for Legend High School but is also becoming a legend for Wyoming.

Although Muma is creating excitement as a linebacker in the 2022 NFL Draft class, he spent most of his high school career playing defensive back. As a result, he was a three-star safety prospect — ranked 149th at the position in the 2018 recruiting class. However, with a father who played linebacker at Wyoming, and a penchant for laying a hit, it was almost inevitable that he’d transition to the position. In his final season for the Titans, he earned second-team All-State Class 5A honors with 77 tackles and 8 tackles for loss.

Injury swayed Muma’s decision to Wyoming

Yet, that doesn’t tell the whole story. After suffering a torn patella injury, Muma only played half of his senior season. Not that you’d be able to tell just by looking at the statistics. The injury also inadvertently impacted his recruiting journey. With offers from Colorado State, Nevada, and Hawaii, Muma wanted to join the Rams. But, their handling of his injury swayed his decision towards Wyoming.

“When I hurt my knee back in April, Wyoming always stuck with me and supported me through that,” Muma said. Muma’s commitment helped solidify a change in recruiting approach for the Cowboys. “We looked at the blueprint that had been established when the Cowboys were successful,” Wyoming coach Craig Bohl said at the time of Muma’s commitment. “There was a long history of recruiting out of the state of Colorado.”

Muma’s career at Wyoming

Arriving in Laramie in 2018, Muma’s opportunities were initially limited. Wilson was the starting linebacker for the Cowboys, and Muma would learn behind him. However, Muma impressed on special teams while appearing in 12 games with 2 tackles. Furthermore, he was able to display his intelligence with a place on the Academic All-Conference team.

His star began to ascend as a sophomore in 2019. Although he made just two starts, Muma appeared in all 13 games for the Cowboys. The Wyoming LB opened the season with a then-career-high 10 tackles against Missouri. During the 2019 season, he tallied 51 tackles, 3 tackles, and 1 sack that included an impressive performance against Tulsa with 1.5 tackles for loss.

With Wilson and Cassh Maluia departing to the NFL Draft, 2020 was Muma’s time to shine. Having waited two seasons for his full-time starting opportunity, he had to persevere through the disruption of the 2020 college football season. The Wyoming linebacker is no stranger to overcoming adversity, however. As a teenager, he’d wanted to play for Air Force, but he knew that dream was unattainable when he was diagnosed with diabetes.

In just six games as a junior, he registered 72 tackles, 8 tackles for loss, and 3 sacks. All three led the team, as he emerged as a leader both statistically and on the pitch. Muma logged double-digit tackles in five of the six games, with a career-high 17 versus Colorado State. He also had a career day against UNLV with 3.5 tackles for loss and 3 sacks.

Senior season propels Muma into the national spotlight

Although known in Wyoming, Muma has landed on the national stage with his performances during his senior season. Through 10 games, he has racked up an incredible 103 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, and 1 sack.

He has multiple games with 2 tackles for loss. Incredibly, he’s snagged 3 interceptions, 2 of which he has taken back for a touchdown. As a result, the Wyoming linebacker has received a Senior Bowl invite and is a semifinalist for the prestigious Butkus Award.

Inevitably, Muma’s rise to stardom for Wyoming has earned comparisons to his former teammate Wilson. So much so that the question of who is better is regularly posed to their college coach.

“They’re very similar in the fact that they’re both wickedly smart, they’re explosive, they can play sideline to sideline,” Bohl told impact601.com. “They’re top-shelf. To separate them, boy! I think we’re talking about a razor-thin margin.”

Oliver Hodgkinson is an NFL Draft and College Football Analyst for Pro Football Network. Check out the rest of his work here, and you can find him on Twitter @ojhodgkinson.

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