Photo of Adam Muema
Grade
4.8 ?

Draft Analysis:

  • 5'10" Height
  • 29 7/8" Arm Length
  • 202LBS. Weight
  • 9 3/4" Hands

Overview

Suffered horrific injuries at a high school graduation party in May 2010 while defending a friend's parent, when an assailant struck him in the face with a bat. His injuries required 36 stitches, his orbital bone was fractured, and when the vision in his left eye began to deteriorate it was discovered he had a macular hole in the retina of the eye. Doctors performed surgery to place a gas bubble behind his eye, allowing the hole to heal. Went to San Diego State and redshirted in 2010. Backed up current Denver RB Ronnie Hillman in 2011, playing in six games (one start) and rushing 42 times for 253 yards (6.0-yard average) and three touchdowns with two receptions for three yards (1.5) and one touchdown. Did not play in the season's first seven games. Was pressed into service as a starter late in the year against Boise State and responded with 13 rushes for 119 yards and two TDs in his first college start. Moved into the starting lineup in 2012 and had 237 rushes for 1,458 yards (6.2) and 16 TDs and nine catches for 147 yards and a TD in 13 games. Despite being limited by hamstring and ankle injuries in 2013, he became the fourth Aztec running back to put up consecutive 1,000-yard seasons, amassing 256 carries for 1,244 yards (4.9) and 15 TDs rushing and 18 catches for 98 yards and no TDs in 13 games. Concluded his SDSU career with 13 100-yard games in 27 starts, including four 200-yard efforts, second in school history behind Marshall Faulk. Went to the combine and left early, saying he believed that God said if he left the Seattle Seahawks would select him in the draft. After leaving, he wasn't heard from for a few days until he showed up at the Florida facility where he had been preparing for the combine. He was reportedly still dressed in his combine gear and had been at the Fort Lauderdale airport for three straight days. He has since been dropped by his agent and returned to California.

Analysis

Strengths

Has a strong, compact build. Good vision, quickness, agility and short-area burst -- makes subtle moves and can sort his way through tight spaces, find small creases and make the first tackler miss. Sets up runs and has good lower-body power to kick through arm tackles. Runs hard with a low center of gravity and does not go down easy. Good receiving skills and open-field running vision to create after the catch. Outstanding production.

Weaknesses

Average size. Lacks bellcow power and run strength ideally suited to carry a full workload. Likes to bounce a lot and press the edges. Will need more technique work in pass protection. Did not regularly face top competition and will be more challenged by the speed of the NFL game.

Draft Projection

Undrafted free agent

Bottom Line

A herky-jerky, off-tackle/perimeter runner most ideally suited for a zone ground game such as the Eagles, Seahawks or Packers, Muema could earn a complementary role as a change-of-pace back. Could be a surprise, late-round find if he can find more stability.
-Nolan Nawrocki
C
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.

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