Netane Muti
No. 52 – Denver Broncos
Position:Guard
Personal information
Born: (1999-03-27) March 27, 1999 (age 23)
Tonga[1]
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:315 lb (143 kg)
Career information
High school:Leilehua
(Wahiawa, Hawaii)
College:Fresno State
NFL Draft:2020 / Round: 6 / Pick: 181
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career NFL statistics as of 2021
Games played:19
Games started:4
Player stats at NFL.com

Netane Muti (born March 27, 1999) is an American football guard for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL).[2] He played college football at Fresno State.

High school career

A two-way lineman for Leilehua,[3] Muti was not highly recruited coming out of high school.[4] He originally committed to play for his home state's Hawaii Rainbow Warriors, signing a letter of intent with the University of Hawai'i on National Signing Day. However, after his application was put on hold due to a test score, he asked for and was granted release from U.H. and went on to sign with Fresno State.[4][5]

College career

Muti redshirted in his first season at Fresno State following an Achilles injury suffered in preseason.[4]

In 2017, as a redshirt freshman, Muti started all 14 games, as a member of an offensive line which ranked third in the nation in sacks and tackles for loss allowed. For his performance, he received Honorable Mention All-Mountain West honors.[6]

In 2018, his campaign was cut short by a season-ending Achilles injury suffered in the third game of the season.[7]

In 2019, as a redshirt junior, he was again struck by injury, as a season-ending Lisfranc foot injury sidelined him for the final nine games of the year.[8]

In January 2020, despite having played only five full games over the previous two seasons, Muti announced that he would forgo his final season of college eligibility and declare for the 2020 NFL Draft.[9][10]

Muti was cleared by doctors at the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine,[11] where his bench press was the highest total at the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine.[12]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span Bench press
6 ft 2+78 in
(1.90 m)
315 lb
(143 kg)
31+34 in
(0.81 m)
10+58 in
(0.27 m)
44 reps
All values from NFL Combine[13]

Muti was selected by the Denver Broncos with the 181st overall pick in the sixth round of the 2020 NFL Draft.[14] He was placed on the active/non-football injury list at the start of training camp on July 28, 2020,[15] and he was moved back to the active roster six days later.[16]

Personal life

Muti was born and raised in Tonga (where he learned to play rugby) before later moving to Wahiawa, Hawaii where he started to play football[1]

References

  1. ^ a b Warszawski, Marek (December 22, 2017). "For Bulldogs' Netane Muti, a trip to the Hawaii Bowl is a journey home". The Fresno Bee. Retrieved April 28, 2020.
  2. ^ Staff, theScore. "Broncos add to O-line with Muti in Round 6". theScore.com.
  3. ^ "2016 SIGNING DAY CENTRAL". hawaiiathletics.com. University of Hawai'i Athletics. Retrieved 12 January 2020.
  4. ^ a b c Kuwada, Robert (November 8, 2017). "With twist on recruiting trail, Bulldogs' Muti will be on the road at home". fresnobee.com. Retrieved January 12, 2020.
  5. ^ Moore, Jackson (June 8, 2016). "Muti released from Hawaii, Fresno State bound". 247Sports.com. Retrieved January 12, 2020.
  6. ^ "Netane Muti bio". gobulldogs.com. Fresno State Athletics. Retrieved 12 January 2020.
  7. ^ Moore, Jackson (September 10, 2018). "Fresno State starting left tackle Netane Muti out for the season". 247Sports.com. Retrieved January 12, 2020.
  8. ^ "JUST IN: Fresno State OL Netane Muti out for season with injury". 247Sports.com. October 16, 2019. Retrieved January 12, 2020.
  9. ^ Moore, Jackson (January 4, 2020). "Fresno State star lineman Netane Muti declares for NFL Draft". 247Sports.com. Retrieved January 12, 2020.
  10. ^ cmurayama@staradvertiser.com, Curtis Murayama; April 3, 2020 (April 3, 2020). "NFL Draft preview: Interior offensive linemen hold a key role for teams". Honolulu Star-Advertiser.((cite web)): CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  11. ^ "NFL Draft 2020: Netane Muti cleared by doctors at the combine, will participate at his pro day, per report". CBSSports.com.
  12. ^ D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "Top 10 guard/centers in the 2020 NFL draft". ajc.
  13. ^ "Netane Muti Combine Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved September 14, 2020.
  14. ^ Murayama, Curtis (April 25, 2020). "Former Leilehua and Fresno State standout Netane Muti drafted by Denver Broncos". Star Advertiser. Retrieved April 25, 2020.
  15. ^ DiLalla, Aric (July 28, 2020). "Broncos place T Elijah Wilkinson on Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list, G Netane Muti on Non-Football Injury (NFI) list". DenverBroncos.com. Retrieved July 28, 2020.
  16. ^ DiLalla, Aric (August 3, 2020). "Broncos activate T Elijah Wilkinson from Physically Unable to Perform list, G Netane Muti from Non-Football Injury list". DenverBroncos.com. Retrieved August 3, 2020.