After viewing a few of Al-Quadin Muhammad's YouTube videos, I was immediately reminded of the day I watched former Saints DE Junior Galette's videos after the 2010 draft. I wondered back then, "who is this guy" and understood his "potential." Unfortunately, Galette's career ended abruptly in New Orleans as character concerns began to resurface "off of the field." Hopefully, this will not be the case for Muhammad.
It appears Muhammad can be a "disruptive force" as a pass rusher. He led the University of Miami's team is sacks and tackles for losses before leaving the program. He played well and often put pressure on opposing quarterbacks. Can he be the player that Cam Jordan needs as a complement? We are never certain until he actually faces the barriers NFL offensive tackles will create against him.
D'Professor and I listened to his WWL interview and my immediate takeaway was an overall positive. He communicated well and he is focused on making an NFL roster. In my opinion, Muhammad "has everything to gain" if he can become grounded in football and stay out of trouble in New Orleans.
New #Saints DE Al-Quadin Muhammad has good size & athleticism, left the U after getting wrapped up with shady booster's rental car business
— John Sigler (@JSiglerNFL) April 29, 2017
If it were not for his early college suspension and later dismissal from the University of Miami, Muhammad had talent and size to be a higher pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Muhammad has a plan for what he’s telling NFL clubs about what happened at the University of Miami. Why was the talented defensive end caught up in a physical parking-lot altercation and an NCAA investigation involving the use of exotic cars? - Sun Sentinel
If you listen to the young man, one can sense that he has been humbled by this process. In his interview with Sun Sentinel's reporter, Omar Kelley, Muhammad says a team is getting a "humble dude, a team guy, and a guy that's gonna help them win a Super Bowl."
"Certainly, he made some mistakes, but they were ones we were comfortable with," Payton said. "This guy made some mistakes, but he's been a real good teammate and a guy the coaches felt strongly about. When you talk to the school, they had a strong opinion about his football makeup. This is a guy that loves football. He's a pressure player. He's physical. He was heavily recruited to Miami." - Shreveport Times - Glenn Guilbeau reporting
No one can accurately predict a rookie player's career with a team and in the NFL. There are too many variables - injuries, coaching, the team(s), personal performance and life choices all will impact a player's NFL career. It makes me wonder if the Saints have located another late round gem in Muhammad. Time will tell. His "Life in the NFL" will tell us better.