Associated Press photos of new Saints DE Al-Quadin Muhammad
With the 196th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, the Saints selected DE Al-Quadin Muhammad from Miami. Here is NFL.com overview of New Orleans new addition.
Off-field issues kept Muhammad from reaching his potential in Miami. He was suspended for the 2014 season after being part of an altercation after the team's spring game, and then was dismissed from the program as the NCAA investigated him with teammate Jermaine Grace for receiving illicit benefits from a luxury car rental company. Muhammad looked the part as a true freshman, playing as a reserve in all 13 games (eight tackles, two sacks). He also showed promise in 2015, making 54 tackles and leading the Hurricanes with 8.5 tackles for loss and five sacks. Muhammad attempted to transfer to Hampton in the fall of 2016, but that didn't occur. He decided to try his hand at a professional career instead of enrolling at another school.
STRENGTHS: Angular build with a well proportioned frame and good muscular definition. Has experience playing 4-3 defensive end and as a 3-4 rush linebacker. Has some explosion in his hips and should test well in vertical leap and broad jump. Has adequate power in his base and can set a solid edge as an outside linebacker. Crashes down the line of scrimmage with wide, lateral steps to collide with heavy pads into runners trying to burst through running lanes. Possesses relatively forceful punch. Has a speed-to-power bullrush.
WEAKNESSES: Highly inexperienced thanks to suspensions related to his disciplinary issues at Miami. Character red flags will be a concern headed into combine interviews. Tight hips restrict his stride length. Not a fluid athlete. Segmented movements feel labored. Sluggish change of direction to flow with the ball. Slight delay in his acceleration. Lacks man cover talent and is stiff dropping into space. Leggy at point of attack and can be washed away by size. Offers very little presence as edge rusher. Missing workable counter move. Loop under in twists is slow and telegraphed.