Ryan Grigson is a busy man. This evening, the Colts signed former Winnipeg Blue Bomber and number one pick in the 2011 CFL draft, Henoc Muamba (6-0, 238 pounds, 24 years old).
Muamba, who also worked out for the Patriots this week, had a solid 2012 season in Winnipeg with 65 tackles, 3 sacks, and 5 forced fumbles, but he really began to shine last year. From Colts.com:
In 2013, Muamba was named a CFL All-Star and earned the Lew Hayman Trophy, given to the best Canadian player in the East Division. For the year, he played in all 18 games and totaled 106 tackles, 18 special teams stops, 1.0 sack and one interception. His 106 tackles ranked second overall in the CFL. Muamba was named the recipient of the 2013 Ed Kotowich ‘Good Guy’ Award, which recognizes a Blue Bomber player for their excellence in combining football ability, team camaraderie and extraordinary effort in the community.
Muamba is originally from Kinshasa, Zaire (now part of the Republic of the Congo) and attended college in Canada where he played for the St. Francis Xavier X-Men. That’s right, the Colts have signed a former X-Man. More on Muamba’s college career from the Colts’ press release:
Muamba played four years (2007-2010) at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. He is the school’s all-time career leader in tackles (149.5) and ranks fourth overall on the Atlantic University Sport (AUS) conference’s all-time career list. Muamba was named the AUS Defensive Player of the Year in both 2008 and 2010 and was honored with the President’s Trophy in 2010 for the top defensive player in Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS). He was a three-time CIS All-Canadian and AUS defensive all-star, and participated in the 2010 East-West Bowl, which features the top CFL prospects each year.
Muamba, whose older brother Cauchy plays safety for Winnipeg, ran a linebacker-like 4.72-second 40-yard dash and a 6.72-second 3-cone drill back in 2011. While it may not be jaw-dropping speed, the Colts front office cares more about how fast a guy plays in pads.
Here are a couple of videos (there aren’t a ton out there) of Muamba in action.
Player of the Week video from the Blue Bombers:
Running a blocked punt back for a touchdown as a rookie (Sorry, it's a cell phone video):
As a Canadian who watches the odd CFL game, I certainly noticed Mumaba when the Lions played the Bombers. Not the most skilled, but a fast sideline to sideline sort of guy. The CFL is all about passing and using space (wider and longer field) so I would expect his coverage skills to be decent too.
Seems like a good kid I still like that the Colts, generally, try to stay away from things. Here's hoping D'arick Rogers stays clean and improves, too.
He may or may not turn out to be good with the draft and intra-NFL free agents, but I love how Grigson keeps looking for these unconventional guys.
I'm really excited about Adongo next year
Damn, they have giant end zones. RZ% must be through the roof! Oh, an I like this guy. Sounds like he's right up the Colts alley.
@hankster It's very similar to what I noticed about Freeman when the Colts signed him in 2012, tbh.
@GoColts123 Thanks :) Our wonderful Canadian Colts fans are telling me we just got a real beast of a linebacker.
@Music ManHe's bigger than Freeman. http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/11533/jerrell-freeman
Also, he can dead lift 580 pounds. Not sure how that translates to tackling, but it can't hurt.
@bigcheezy I know, it's like a mile deep. And look where those goal posts are. I can see that going badly from time to time.
@MarcusDugan Which is a different country than the Republic of Congo.