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Jonas Mouton
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Mouton as a standup defender toward left side of the defensive line for Michigan vs. 2010 Connecticut Huskies
No. 57
Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1988-03-17) March 17, 1988 (age 29)
Place of birth: Kaplan, Louisiana
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 239 lb (108 kg)
Career information
High school: Los Angeles (CA) Venice
College: Michigan
NFL Draft: 2011 / Round: 2 / Pick: 61
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Tackles: 1
Sacks: 0.0
Interceptions: 0
Forced fumbles: 0
Player stats at

Jonas Mouton (born March 17, 1988) is a former American football linebacker. He played his college football for the Michigan Wolverines football team. He started at weakside linebacker and was previously a highly rated safety for Venice High School.

He led the Big Ten Conference in tackles for the 2010 NCAA Division I FBS football season. He was the starting weakside linebacker for the 2008, 2009 team and 2010 teams. Mouton was named on the preseason watch list for the 2010 Butkus Award for linebackers and was a postseason 2010 All-Big Ten Conference second team selection by the media. In high school, he played safety in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

High school[edit]

Mouton played as a defensive back at Venice High School.[1] In September 2005, the Los Angeles Times ran a feature story about his accomplishments at Venice. The Times story opened as follows:

"The hardest-working player on the Venice High football team is Jonas Mouton, and he has ability to match. A 6-foot-2, 215-pound senior defensive back with linebacker-like hitting skills, a quarterback's awareness of the field and the shifty quickness of a running back, Mouton could rely on natural abilities and coast through high school. But he out-hustled, out-ran and out-lifted just about everyone else during spring practice his sophomore year to earn a spot on varsity. He hasn't slowed since."[1]

The major high school rating reports evaluated him as a safety. listed him as the third best safety in the class of 2006, the seventh best California football player and the 45th best player in the nation.[2] ranked him as the sixth best safety.[3] ESPN ranked him as the 14th best safety and 128th best high school football player in the 2006 class.[4] He participated in the January 7, 2006 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.[5]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Jonas Mouton
Los Angeles, California Venice (CA) 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 4.55 Feb 1, 2006 
Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 81
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 6 (S)   Rivals: 45, 3 (S), 7 (CA)  ESPN: 128, 14 (S)
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


College career[edit]

He redshirted in 2006 and made his career debut on September 15, 2007 against Notre Dame. On January 1, 2008, in the Capital One Bowl against Florida he had a 20-yard kickoff return.[5]

On September 6, 2008, he made his first career start against Miami (OH).[5] On September 27, 2008, he had his first quarterback sack in an eight-tackle effort against Wisconsin.[5] Mouton had his first ten-tackle game (eight solo and two assists) on October 18, 2008 against Penn State.[6] On November 15, 2008 against Northwestern he set a new career high with eleven tackles (six solo and five assists).[6] Over the course of the season, he started eleven of the twelve games at weakside linebacker.[5] That season, he finished second on the Wolverines in tackles.[7] However, following the season he was unavailable when 2009 spring practice began due to an injured shoulder.[8]

In the September 12, 2009 Michigan – Notre Dame rivalry game Mouton punched a Notre Dame player and was suspended.[9] Twice in 2009 he had ten tackles (five solo and six assists on September 26, 2009 v. Indiana and two solo and nine assists on November 21, 2009 v. Ohio State).[6] Both games matched his career-high tackles total and against Ohio State, he added an interception.[5] He started at weakside linebacker in all eleven games that he played in.[5]

Mouton was one of fifty-one players named on the preseason watch list for the 2010 Butkus Award for linebackers.[10] On September 11, 2010, Mouton set a career high with thirteen tackles (6 solo and 7 assists) v. Notre Dame.[5] In that game, he made an interception that led to a one-play thirty-one-yard Michigan touchdown drive.[5] At the midpoint of Michigan's 12-game 2010 regular season schedule, he ranked second in the Big Ten Conference in tackles and tied for sixth in interceptions.[11] He took over the lead in tackles after Michigan's eighth game.[12] Then with a career-high fourteen tackles against Illinois in the ninth game of the season on November 6, he retained his first place rank in the conference and moved up from 32nd to 20th on the national list.[13] Coupled with the 12 tackles on October 30 against Penn State, it was the first time he had back-to-back double digit tackle performances.[6][14] Mouton was unavailable for the Purdue game on November 13 due to a chest injury.[6][15] However, the following week against Wisconsin he resumed his streak of double digit tackle performances with thirteen.[6] This moved him up to 17th in the nation in tackles.[16] Mouton ended the 2010 Big Ten Conference football season as the leader in tackles.[17][18] Following the Big Ten conference regular season he was a second team All-Conference selection by the media.[19][20][21] He was named the 2010 winner of The Roger Zatkoff Award as the team's top linebacker.

Professional career[edit]


Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 1 in 239 lb 3112 in 934 in 4.86 s 4.34 s 7.08 s 31.5 in 9 ft 7 in
All values from NFL Combine[22]

Mouton was one of 32 linebackers invited to participate in the February 24 – March 1, 2011 NFL Scouting Combine.[23] He ranked twelfth in the Standing long jump with a distance of 9 feet 7 inches (2.92 m).[24] He ranked eleventh in the 3 cone drill with a time of 7.08.[25] He ranked fourteenth in the 20-yard shuttle with a time of 4.34.[26]

San Diego Chargers[edit]

Mouton was drafted by the San Diego Chargers with the 61st overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.[27] In week 3 of the 2011 NFL season, the Chargers put Mouton on injured reserve for the season.[28][29] Mouton began the 2012 season inactive.[30] He made his NFL debut on December 2 against the Cincinnati.[31][32]

On July 26, 2013, Mouton suffered a torn ACL during training camp. As a result, Mouton was eliminated for the entire 2013 season.[33]

On July 23, 2014, Mouton was waived.[34]


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  2. ^ "Jonas Mouton". Retrieved September 21, 2010. 
  3. ^ "#8 Jonas Mouton Photos (13)...". Retrieved September 20, 2010. 
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  7. ^ "Michigan (3–9)". National Collegiate Athletic Association. Retrieved November 18, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Michael Shaw, Jonas Mouton Out for Spring Practice". Michigan Sports Center. Retrieved November 18, 2010. 
  9. ^ "The Quad; Michigan and Purdue Battle Outside Lines". The New York Times. November 8, 2009. 
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  11. ^ "Michigan (5–1)". National Collegiate Athletic Association. October 9, 2010. Archived from the original on October 16, 2010. Retrieved October 16, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Michigan (5–3)". National Collegiate Athletic Association. October 30, 2010. Archived from the original on November 4, 2010. Retrieved November 3, 2010. 
  13. ^ "Michigan (6–3)". National Collegiate Athletic Association. November 6, 2010. Archived from the original on November 7, 2010. Retrieved November 7, 2010. 
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  15. ^ Snyder, Mark (November 10, 2010). "Michigan LB Jonas Mouton iffy for Purdue game". Detroit Free Press. Archived from the original on November 14, 2010. Retrieved November 14, 2010. 
  16. ^ "Bowl Subdivision (FBS) National Player Report: Total Tackles". National Collegiate Athletic Association. November 20, 2010. Archived from the original on November 21, 2010. Retrieved November 21, 2010. 
  17. ^ "The Automated ScoreBook: 2010 Big Ten Conference Team Statistics Through games of Jan 07, 2011". CBS Interactive. January 7, 2010. Retrieved January 7, 2010. 
  18. ^ "Big Ten Player Report". National Collegiate Athletic Association. January 10, 2011. Retrieved January 13, 2011. 
  19. ^ Bigelow, Pete (November 29, 2010). "Michigan's Denard Robinson named Big Ten's Offensive Player of the Year, other Wolverines honored". Retrieved November 30, 2010. 
  20. ^ "Big Ten Announces 2010 Football All-Conference Teams and Individual Honors". CBS Interactive. November 29, 2010. Retrieved November 30, 2010. 
  21. ^ "Robinson Named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year". CBS Interactive. November 29, 2010. Retrieved November 30, 2010. 
  22. ^ "Jonas Mouton Combine Profile",, retrieved March 3, 2011 .
  23. ^ "Participants". Retrieved March 3, 2011. 
  24. ^ "Top Performers (Broad Jump)". Retrieved March 3, 2011. 
  25. ^ "Top Performers (Three Cone Drill)". Retrieved March 3, 2011. 
  26. ^ "Top Performers (Twenty Yard Shuttle)". Retrieved March 3, 2011. 
  27. ^ "Chargers take Jonas Mouton No. 61 (video)". April 29, 2011. Retrieved September 26, 2011. 
  28. ^ Williamson, Bill (September 21, 2011). "Chargers put rookie on I.R.". ESPN. Retrieved September 26, 2011. 
  29. ^ "Bolts place rookie LB Mouton on IR, sign S Paul Oliver". The Washington Post. September 21, 2011. Retrieved September 26, 2011. [dead link]
  30. ^ "Raiders WR Denarius Moore misses opener vs. Chargers with hamstring injury". The Washington Post. September 10, 2012. Retrieved September 14, 2012. 
  31. ^ Henne, Ricky (November 29, 2012). "Jonas Mouton Set for NFL Debut". Retrieved December 5, 2012. 
  32. ^ "Bengals 20 (7-5, 4-2 away); Chargers 13 (4-8, 2-4 home)". ESPN. December 2, 2012. Retrieved December 5, 2012. 
  33. ^ "Chargers' Jonas Mouton out for year". ESPN. July 26, 2013. Retrieved July 27, 2013. 
  34. ^ Wilkening, Mike. "Chargers waive Jonas Mouton". Pro Football Talk. Retrieved July 24, 2014. 

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